Shepherd's Hey Farm

Shepherd's Hey Farm 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.
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Shepherd’s Hey Farm is home to a flock of beautiful wool sheep who are carefully bred and managed to produce luxurious high quality handspinning fleeces and naturally raised custom butchered lamb. Our sheep are mostly cross-bred to produce lustrous and soft longwool fleeces in a wide range of beautiful natural colors (pale silver, medium and dark gray, charcoal, black, and shades of brown, also known as moorit): a handspinner’s dream come true. The predominant breeds in our mix are Romney, Border Leicester, and Corriedale as well as smaller percentages of Lincoln, Wensleydale and Romeldale. We continue to experiment with crosses and mixes that produce the kind of longwool handspinning fleeces that we and our customers love to spin. Most of these breeds in our mix contribute to the excellent dual-purpose of producing wool and meat. We also produce related products such as sheepskin pelts, wool roving and batting and yarn.

Mission: Shepherd's Hey Farm strives to produce the highest quality wool and meat products while placing highest priority on the health and welfare of our animals and that of the land, water resources and local natural biodiversity. In addition we support and participate in efforts to ensure a viable agricultural future in our region, and particularly in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve.

We try to keep life here for our sheep and lambs as stress-free as possible. Maybe we're taking it too far?!  This littl...
02/24/2020

We try to keep life here for our sheep and lambs as stress-free as possible. Maybe we're taking it too far?! This little girl is pretty relaxed!

02/23/2020

Oh my, they are becoming genuine ruminants! They look so grown up chewing their cud.

This guy cracks me up! SHF 2007 “Ravioli”
02/23/2020

This guy cracks me up! SHF 2007 “Ravioli”

Most afternoons my mom (now 90) walks over from her house next door to visit the lambs. Hope I can do the same when I’m ...
02/21/2020

Most afternoons my mom (now 90) walks over from her house next door to visit the lambs. Hope I can do the same when I’m 90! With Percy Lee Langstaff

Is it just me or do you also see a “Do Not Disturb” sign in the lamb’s expression?!  This is little “River”.
02/21/2020

Is it just me or do you also see a “Do Not Disturb” sign in the lamb’s expression?! This is little “River”.

Colors! We're all about natural colored wool around here, and we have some beauties among the 2020 lambs.
02/19/2020

Colors! We're all about natural colored wool around here, and we have some beauties among the 2020 lambs.

Alas, the things that make a shepherd happy.  Colustrum in the freezer. Yay.
02/19/2020

Alas, the things that make a shepherd happy. Colustrum in the freezer. Yay.

Visit to the vet with little Calliope.  We've been treating her knee infection which finally erupted.  Nasty wound.  Alw...
02/17/2020

Visit to the vet with little Calliope. We've been treating her knee infection which finally erupted. Nasty wound. Always nice to hear that we should keep doing what we're doing.

02/16/2020

Uncle Fargo with the lambs. Loving this time.....

This is “Babson”, Tamarind’s big tough birth boy from the other day. He’s pretty pleased with himself.
02/15/2020

This is “Babson”, Tamarind’s big tough birth boy from the other day. He’s pretty pleased with himself.

First opportunity to learn about the warmth of the sun.
02/15/2020

First opportunity to learn about the warmth of the sun.

It’s exhausting being a lamb.  Just sayin’.
02/15/2020

It’s exhausting being a lamb. Just sayin’.

2:00a.m. arrival. It was worth it. Happy Valentines Day!
02/14/2020

2:00a.m. arrival. It was worth it. Happy Valentines Day!

02/13/2020

Bit of a struggle but we made it. This is Tamarind with her brand new baby "Babson"

Here we go again. Tamarind up at bat!
02/13/2020

Here we go again. Tamarind up at bat!

Not to be outdone, here is Tagine with her 16-3/4 lb moorit (brown) ewe lamb. Another stunner! This is SHF 2035, also aw...
02/12/2020

Not to be outdone, here is Tagine with her 16-3/4 lb moorit (brown) ewe lamb. Another stunner! This is SHF 2035, also awaiting a name....also a potential keeper. (By Poe)

Just a few minutes old - Muesli’s 17 pounder (SHF 2034). Pondering a name for her -a likely keeper.
02/12/2020

Just a few minutes old - Muesli’s 17 pounder (SHF 2034). Pondering a name for her -a likely keeper.

Here are some more shots of Muesli's big 17b girl.
02/12/2020

Here are some more shots of Muesli's big 17b girl.

02/12/2020

So, Muesli had a strapping 17lb grey (blue) ewe lamb who promises to have a gorgeous fleece. Looking forward to watching this girl develop.

Tolerance
02/05/2020

Tolerance

Sweet girl “Claret” looks like her daddy, Ben.
02/05/2020

Sweet girl “Claret” looks like her daddy, Ben.

Here is Chai with her 2 unexpected babies. Somehow she slipped by us when doing pregnancy checks. Assam is the black ram...
02/03/2020

Here is Chai with her 2 unexpected babies. Somehow she slipped by us when doing pregnancy checks. Assam is the black ram lamb and Masala is the moorit brown ewe lamb in front. They are most welcome.

Tortellini!
02/02/2020

Tortellini!

Look at this character.... and she really is a character! One of Harlequin’s triplets.
01/30/2020

Look at this character.... and she really is a character! One of Harlequin’s triplets.

Here’s “Tink” (Tinkerberry) getting the comfy spot with her mom, Thimbleberry, and brother Burberry
01/30/2020

Here’s “Tink” (Tinkerberry) getting the comfy spot with her mom, Thimbleberry, and brother Burberry

Meet Flamingo! Such a sweet girl. One of Scarlett & Ben’s triplets.
01/30/2020

Meet Flamingo! Such a sweet girl. One of Scarlett & Ben’s triplets.

Meanwhile, Jeena is here and helping Gnocchi keep her triplets fed (Ravioli, Tortellini and Agnolotti).
01/27/2020

Meanwhile, Jeena is here and helping Gnocchi keep her triplets fed (Ravioli, Tortellini and Agnolotti).

Here are twin ewe lambs from Cicada. They’ll be needing names - hopefully insect related to keep the maternal line theme...
01/27/2020

Here are twin ewe lambs from Cicada. They’ll be needing names - hopefully insect related to keep the maternal line theme. Cicada’s mother was Catydidit.

01/25/2020

What a day! Nine lambs joined the flock today. Two more sets of triplets (that makes 3), a set of twins and a single. Here is Scarlett with her triplets: 14.5, 11.5 and 9.5 lbs. All girls. This ewe is a trooper at 7 yrs old.

Oh, Hello!
01/25/2020

Oh, Hello!

01/23/2020

This is Gannet - just doing her thing with new ram lamb, "Jaeger"

Thanks to Carey for catching this shot of Gnocchi and her trifecta! Left to right: Ravioli (brown), Agnolotti (black) an...
01/23/2020

Thanks to Carey for catching this shot of Gnocchi and her trifecta! Left to right: Ravioli (brown), Agnolotti (black) and Tortellini (white).

01/23/2020

Little “Ravioli” steaming away in this morning’s cold..

Words unnecessary.
01/23/2020

Words unnecessary.

And here’s our girl Sitka with her single 14lb ewe lamb, “Fairbanks”
01/23/2020

And here’s our girl Sitka with her single 14lb ewe lamb, “Fairbanks”

Here’s Gnocchi with her new tri-color triplets. White one is Tortellini, brown (moorit) one is Ravioli, and the black on...
01/22/2020

Here’s Gnocchi with her new tri-color triplets. White one is Tortellini, brown (moorit) one is Ravioli, and the black one (a ewe lamb) still awaiting her name. You get the idea - suggestions?

01/22/2020

Brand spanking new! This is “Tortellini” - 1st of three from Gnocchi this morning.

Another set of twins just before midnight. Easy births, plenty of milk, an attentive mom and warm and toasty in the barn...
01/22/2020

Another set of twins just before midnight. Easy births, plenty of milk, an attentive mom and warm and toasty in the barn. So far, so good!

01/19/2020

Getting to know these two pretty well while waiting for the next ones...

Willow, Oak & Redbud
01/19/2020

Willow, Oak & Redbud

The first lambs are always special, and these two are no exception.  What's a tired shepherd to do when a newborn lamb c...
01/17/2020

The first lambs are always special, and these two are no exception. What's a tired shepherd to do when a newborn lamb crawls into her lap for a nap?! Bliss. And stiff legs 20 minutes later. These two were born outside this afternoon and although not terribly cold, the wind was howling, and one got chilled. Hence the sweaters, for now. Toasty and content. We're off to a great start. Meet SHF 2001 "Redbud" (ewe lamb) and 2002 "Oak" (ram lamb).

And..... we’re off! Our girl Willow has started us off with twins - a ram and a ewe. No problems, no nonsense, great mom...
01/16/2020

And..... we’re off! Our girl Willow has started us off with twins - a ram and a ewe. No problems, no nonsense, great mom and nursing babies. We’ll get better pics when we have better light.

So ready for the babies to arrive. Udders ready to burst.... and soon the barn will be bursting with lambs.  C’mon girls...
01/14/2020

So ready for the babies to arrive. Udders ready to burst.... and soon the barn will be bursting with lambs. C’mon girls!

Everybody loves a new bale of hay and a beautiful evening. Thanks for another great shot, Michael!
01/12/2020

Everybody loves a new bale of hay and a beautiful evening. Thanks for another great shot, Michael!

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Congratulations on all your success at MD Sheep and Wool! I live in Frederick County. Do you have any lambs or sheep for sale? Do you sell your fleeces from your farm or only at fiver festivals?
The front of shawl I handspun and handknitted from peregrines fleece
Shawl using Peregrines fleece. Handspun and handknitted. I loved every minute with this fleece ❤️
Also, by the way, I see your family's interest in Baroque music instruments. I have a beautiful, solid cherry, Eric Herz harpsichord that I would trade or sell.
Hi! I live nearby and am purchasing lambs to develop my own spinner's flock. I am not interested in breeding. I would love to buy a white Lincoln lamb from you. Do you have any for sale? Or will you have any later this spring? A bottle lamb is fine, but any Lincoln will do.
I just got 2 pounds of Tagine's fleece from someone who bought the whole seven pounds at MS&W! It's so beautiful!
I thought you’d like to see a photo of how Peregrine is spinning up. I’ve had absolutely no waste with this fleece and it’s a pure joy to spin. I love how it feels!