The Ewe Crew
There may be no better way to communicate what we do than through images. As you browse
our site, take a few moments to let your eyes linger here and get a feel for our homestead. Free range chickens and pasture raised Dorper sheep, both protected from danger of predators by our livestock guardian Maremma sheepdogs.
Dorper Breeding Ewes
Hair Sheep - South African Origin - Fertile
Dorpers are a fast-growing meat-producing sheep. They are an easy-care animal that produces a short, light coat of wool and hair that is shed in late spring and summer. The breed has high fertility and maternal instinct, combined with high growth rates and hardiness. Lambing percentages of 150% are not uncommon, as well as an average fecundity of 160%. They adapt well to a variety of grazing conditions.
Our Dorper ewes are currently being breed for the 2024 spring lambing season. Stay posted for available lambs this spring of 2024.
Dorper Breeding Ram
Truly Top-Notch Quality Yearling
Born November 2022, George is our blackhead-dorper ram currently being bred with yearling ewes for the 2024's spring lambing season. He is a true hair sheep, meaty and well-mannered ram who loves his occasional scratches and attention. All our sheep are pasture fed; spring, summer and fall. In the winter they are fed hay and given supplemental farm gleaned grains to stimulate healthy ovulation and mating.
Livestock Guardian Dogs
Maremma Sheepdogs find great purpose in guarding livestock. Highly devoted to their jobs, they truly fit best in a farm setting where they can look after livestock. Bred to be independent thinkers, these dogs are confident protective, and devoted to their flock. Their large size and free spirit also require a lot of outdoor space to roam. Fencing is necessary to keep them from going too far and establishes their patrol boundaries that they naturally take to patrolling.
Our working Maremmas, Huck and Petra, live on pasture protecting the sheep, chickens and barn cats from coyotes, foxes, bird of prey and stray dogs. They are friendly and eager for attention from us and the livestock but leery of strangers if not properly introduced by their owners.
Some of characteristics
Maremmas are nocturnal. They are more likely to sleep with the livestock during the day and patrol at night.
Maremmas are less likely to roam than other Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) breeds. They tend to stay with the livestock they are entrusted to guard and closer by.
Maremmas tend to bark less than other LGD breeds. (i.e. Great Pyrenees).
Maremmas are excellent defenders of their flocks, livestock, family and whatever they are meant to protect.
Maremmas are affectionate with their own family but leery of strangers.
Free Range Chickens
Farm Fresh Eggs
Farm fresh eggs from free range chickens. Happy bug eating, grass foraging, fresh air breathing chickens.