Coopworth Sheep

Our flock now has 95 ewes.  We have two breeds: Coopworths and Katahdins. The Coopworth is a wool breed prized by handspinners for its lustrous, crimpy fleece. The breed was developed in New Zealand as a dual purpose breed (meat and wool) which would do well on a grass-based farm.  The Katahdin is the complete opposite--a sheep without wool! They have a hair coat similar to goats. The Katahdin was developed in the state of Maine as a meat animal which would not need shearing

Both breeds have an important place here at the farm.  Our Adopt-A-Sheep families, Sheep Camp kids, and other folks appreciate the traditional wooled breed.  However, we need lots of sheep for the lamb we sell to folks looking for local, grass-fed meat. Since I do my own shearing, I don’t mind not having to shear the other sheep!

Our sheep are out on pasture all year except for 6 weeks during lambing when they are in the barn under close observation. They eat grass from April through December, supplemented with our own hay as needed. During the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, the nutritional demands of the growing lambs cannot be met with forage,so we add grain to their daily ration.
 

WHY WE LOVE COOPWORTHS

No horns
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Calm disposition, 
good flocking 
instinct
Short-legged, 
stocky build
fattens easily 
on grass.
Medium size easy for women and kids to handle
Muscular build means 
good carcass quality.
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Strong black hooves 
resist foot problems
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Hardy outdoors
 in all seasons
Purebred, registered lambs will be available again 
in spring 2015.   Rams $250 ea.  Ewe lambs $225.
Mature ewes sometimes available for special reasons.
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Natural colors as 
well as white
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Long, silky, lustrous 
fleece with a defined 
crimp.  Easy to spin.

For more information on Coopworth Sheep, go the website of the American Coopworth Registry  http://www.americancoopworthregistry.org/