Eleanor and Peggy Sue, young ewes, in the morning fog.
What is not to like about these sheep? They are incredibly easy to care for, very friendly, excellent foragers and thrive on very little. They are probably fairly close to the friendliest animals we have on this farm. They absolutely love attention.
Hog Island sheep are a formally feral breed from Hog Island, Virginia. They were abandoned on the island for decades, left to survive on their own. They are also listed as rare and critically endangered on the ALC list. They are a very hardy breed, excellent foragers, and reproduce easily and efficiently. Hog Island Sheep are a dual purpose breed used for both meat and fleece. Their fleece is of medium weight and becoming more known within the knitting community. Please contact us if you are interested in working with their wool. We have recently begun to learn how to extra the raw lanolin from the wool. Hog Island sheep have a very high lanolin amount in their wool.
We purchased our original lambs from George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria, Virginia. We have had several lambs born here on the farm and when we returned to Mt Vernon in May 2013, we brought home 2 more unrelated ewes to join our flock. In 2014 we returned to Mount Vernon again and purchased 2 more unrelated ewes and an unrelated ram.
Extra boys born each year are raised for meat purposes. The Hog Island sheep produces a very mild tasting lamb. Our lamb is typically sold out long before slaughter each June. Lambs are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, never subjected to any toxins, hormones, etc. Please contact us early for lamb reservations. Sold in halves and wholes.
Starter herds available after spring lambing. Contact us to get on the waiting list. To learn more about the Hog Island Sheep, visit the Hog Island Sheep Association.
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