Adopt-A-Sheep

Follow the life of your adopted sheep through the seasons while getting a behind-the-scenes look at life on a sustainable, grass-based farm.  If you live close by, there will be seasonal visits where you learn abut sheep care and participate in farm activities.  If you live too far to visit regularly, no problem--you’ll have what we call a Remote Adoption. Your communication will be through mail and email, and you’ll be welcome to visit when you can. We have had Adoptive families in 24 different states!

YOUR SHEEP STAYS HERE, AND YOU GET....

  • Picture, life story of your sheep
  • Adoption Certificate
  • Story’s Barn Guide to Sheep: excellent full-color, hardcover book for all ages
  • Periodic updates on your sheep and her flockmates
  • YOUR sheep’s fleece! Mailed, or picked up at shearing, or processed into yarn, batting, felt, or roving. (Shipping & processing charges apply)
  • Storage binder and Sheep Year Calendar
  • Invitations to sheep round-up days (hoof trimming, weighing, sorting, weaning, etc.)
  • Email and baby pics when your sheep lambs
  • Priority Registration for Sheep Camp for Kids
  • Discount on overnight farmstays  
Click to see Year-At-A-Glance

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How long is the Adoption Period? What does the program cost?
A.
The Adoption Period is 1 year. The program fee is $150 USD, paid at the beginning of your adoption year.

Q. When do I get my wool?
A. Shearing takes place in Jan. If you want it processed (roving or yarn), if takes a couple of months. If you want it raw, we ship it to you right after shearing. 

Q. When can I sign up?
A.
You can enroll any time, and your adoption period will go for the next 12 months. 

Q. What kind of sheep am I adopting?
A.
A Coopworth ewe (female) who stays in the flock year after year to produce lambs. These are lovely wool producers.

Q. Do I have to live within driving distance?
A.
No. The seasonal visits are a bonus, not a necessity.  Our correspondence will make you feel like you’re right here on the farm, and we can send your fleece or processed wool by mail. 

Q. Can I share my sheep with a friend?
A.
Yes, as long as there is one designated contact person with whom we communicate.

Q. What if...what if my sheep dies?
A.
Should your sheep suffer an unexpected loss of life, we’ll either refund your fee prorated to the nearest month, or offer you a swap should another sheep be available.

Q. How do you organize the seasonal visits?
A.
We set aside a block of time and notify our Adoptive Families by email.

Q. What if I want my fleece processed, not raw?
A.
The fleece in its raw (straight off the sheep) state and picked up at the farm is included in the Adoption. If you want it as roving, quilt batting, yarn, or felt, we would be happy to coordinate this.  You would be responsible for the processing charges which average $150-$200.  If you live out of state and want the raw fleece mailed to you, shipping charges apply.

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Read about our adoption program
in Spin-Off magazine! Click image for PDF.
The next sheep adoptions
will start in October

HOW TO REGISTER

Online Registration to 
Adopt-A-Sheep

OR

Print & Mail registration
form to send with check.
Read one of 
the "Letters From The Farm"
click for Photo Essay ,
"Our Adopt-A-Sheep™ Year"
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What are people
saying about
Adopt-A-Sheep™?
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WHAT DO ADOPTIVE FAMILIES DO WITH THEIR FLEECES?
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Yarn

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Some people want their bag of wool straight of the sheep (raw).

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Roving

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Big sheets of felt.

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We can coordinate the processing, if you wish.

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OR...
Too busy for wool 
crafts? Donate it 
back to the farm:
many adoptors 
do that.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE COOPWORTH SHEEP WHO WERE RECENTLY ADOPTED. DIFFERENT SHEEP BECOME AVAILABLE EACH MONTH. SOMETIMES THERE IS A WAITING LIST.

LOOK HOW MANY STATES OUR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES HAVE COME FROM!

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Snowy 316
Cocoa 504N Diamond 529
More sheep become 
available each month, 
as year-long
adoptions turn
 over...
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Opal 534