OK! All these (and more) Shepherd's Hey Farm fleeces will be available this coming weekend at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fleece Show & Sale! Come see us - come rain or shine!
Shepherd’s Hey Farm maintains a flock of natural-colored longwool sheep for production of wonderful handspinning fleeces and naturally raised custom butchered lamb 35 miles from central Washington, DC.
Our fleeces can be seen and purchased at the annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival where they place consistently at the Fleece Show competition and have received Best Maryland Fleece honors in 2006, 2010 and 2011. Raw fleeces can also be purchased directly from us and are sometimes available at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival and/or the New York Sheep & Wool Festival.
CUSTOM BUTCHERED LAMB.
Lambs that we don’t keep for our own breeding program or sell as breeding stock are pasture fed and custom butchered for their delicious and healthy meat. We facilitate the processing (slaughter, custom butchering, packaging, freezing) of whole or half lambs for our customers through an excellent small, USDA inspected local butcher. Our animals are treated with the utmost respect, and their welfare and quality of life is our highest priority. Contact us for more information if you are interested in purchasing a whole or half lamb for your freezer and table. Quantities are limited.
We recover the skins from our custom-butchered lambs and also from our older sheep when they have reached the end of their healthy lives. We carefully prepare and preserve them and have them tanned in nearby Pennsylvania and make the luxurious and beautiful pelts available for sale so our beautiful fleeces can be enjoyed indefinitely.
We have wool roving ready to spin or felt in several shades of gray (dark to light), white and occasionally black from our longwool sheep. Our wool spins like Romney or Corriedale.
100% wool batting for quilts or felting.
In addition to our sheep, we keep a wonderful assortment of laying hens and a resident flock of peafowl. We also raise a wide variety of vegetables, blueberries and blackberries, and specialize in the garden in heirloom varieties of tomatoes – often as many as 20 or more varieties in a given year! We use no chemical inputs, pesticides or herbicides.
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