Angora Goats ~ Aboundingful Farm

Aboundingful Farm is home to a small flock of Colored Angora Goats in Lebanon County, PA. Angora goats grow silky, soft, curled ringlets or wavy locks of lustrous fiber called “mohair.” Because this beautiful hair grows so fast–about an inch per month–the Angora goat is called the most efficient fiber producer on earth. Our goats are shorn twice a year: spring and fall. Mohair is called the “diamond fiber” because of its unique ability to allow light to pass through its very strong hair shaft, giving an unmatched lustrous shine.

Adult bucks average 125-175 lbs and does 80 -125 lbs. Both sexes have horns which are one of the breed standards and contribute to their beauty and graceful appearance. Horns also assist in cooling the animals in hot climates. Angoras are seasonal breeders typically kidding from January through April.

The name Angora reflects this breed’s roots in the region around Ankara, today’s capital city of Turkey. This same mountainous region is believed to have been the birthplace of the Angora rabbit.

Products we offer from our goats:

  • Handspun Yarns
  • Washed Natural Color locks in a variety of shades
  • Washed and Dyed locks in bright colors

Website: aboundingfulfarm.com

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Breed Association: Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association

Cashmere Goats ~ Hermit Pond Farm

Hermit Pond Farm is home to a hermit, a pond, a herd of cashmere goats, and an assortment of cats. The hermit is a refugee from the corporate world and city life, with a history in classical music and an undying love for the quiet beauty of the hills in Central New York. The pond offers an escape from chores and a rewarding view of the hills. The cashmere herd consists of 40 – 70 spoiled goats who roam the pastures and produce bags of fine, crimpy cashmere every spring.

​The general term “cashmere goat” refers to a type of goat that produces fiber meeting the international standard for cashmere, rather than a breed. However, the Cashmere Goat Association has established a more detailed standard for cashmere goats and the USDA has recently recognized “North American Cashmere Goats” as a breed of cashmere goats who meet that standard.
Cashmere goats produce a downy undercoat, one of the finest in the world, that can be combed out in early spring as the goat naturally sheds. They are judged on their ability to produce fleeces that are very fine in diameter, long enough to be easily spun and to avoid producing “pilling” in garments, and crimpy in style. Cashmere goats are dual-purpose animals, providing both fiber and meat, and they are thoroughly satisfying animals to raise – funny, individual, energetic, and often very friendly.

Products we offer from our goats:

  • Fiber

Website: hermitpondfarm.com

Breed Association:​ Cashmere Goat Association

Nigora Goats – Kulick Farms

We started raising Nigoras two years ago and will be breeding this fall after a long search for the perfect herdsires.

The American Nigora goat is classed as a medium sized, dual-purpose fiber and dairy breed. The suggested height range for Nigoras is a minimum of 19″ with a maximum of 29″, measured at the withers. The ANGBA Nigora is the first breed of goat in the U.S.A. to be bred specifically as a Fiber Producing Dairy Breed of any size. Nigoras are not a “designer” breed but are being produced to fill a need and a niche for people who are seeking to downsize or get back to basics… folks who are interested in providing for their families in an Earth-friendly, sustainable way. Nigoras were not created to be a “commercial production” goat; the Nigora’s job is to fill the role of milk producer for the average family, produce a beautiful cashgora type fleece found desirable by fiber artists and handcrafters, and provide companionship to people of all ages.

The Nigora exhibits a predominantly “cashgora” type fleece which comes in three different styles: ”Type “A”: (aka “Angora” Type) This type of fleece leans heavily toward the mohair characteristics of the Angora goat; some “Heavy” Nigoras may exhibit true mohair. ”Type “B”: (aka “Blended” Type) This is the most common form of cashgora fiber, which is a combination of mohair and cashmere characteristics. ”Type “C”: (aka “Cashmere” type) This fleece leans more toward cashmere fiber characteristics; some Nigoras (particularly “Light” Nigoras) may produce commercial grade cashmere.

Products we offer from our goats:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Washed Fleece
  • White or Natural Colored locks
  • Registered Breeding Stock
  • Unregistered Stock

Breed Association: American Nigora Goat Breeders Association

Gotland Sheep – Quinta Melo Gotlands

We purchased out first Gotland sheep in 2012 for my daughter Mercy, who was very active in 4-H. My love of the Gotland breed led me to continue this venture. Gotlands are a Swedish sheep breed, medium sized, with a fine bone structure. They are best known for their high luster, curly silver locks. They are very curious and friendly. The lambs are born solid black, and turn silver over week to months. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have – I’m always happy to talk about my sheep!

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Roving
  • Millspun yarn
  • Pelts
  • Breeding Stock

Facebook: Quinta Melo Gotlands

Breed Association: American Gotland Sheep Society

Virtual Farm Visit: Quinta Melo Gotlands

Herdwick Sheep – Helder~Herdwyck Farm

Herdwick sheep are the native breed of the central and western Lake District, U.K., and live on the highest of England’s mountains. They are extremely hardy and are managed in the traditional way on the Lake District fells that have been their home for generations. The word “Herdvyck”, meaning sheep pasture, is recorded in documents going back to the 12th century. Herdwick sheep are the most hardy of all Britain’s breeds of hill sheep, grazing the central and western dales of the Lake District with fells running to over 3000 feet.

Beatrix Potter, of Peter Rabbit stories, raised and showed Herdwick Sheep. She served as the first woman president of the U.K. Breed Association. During her life, she acquired many farms, which upon her death, she bequeathed to the National Trust to preserve the Herdwick Breed.

Herdwick are a multi-coated, primitive, original type dual purpose breed. Born black, the lambs’ faces and legs turn white over their first summer, and the fleece turns a brown. Over the following years, the fleeces fade to a striking blue/grey. Adult ewes are about 100lbs, and rams 165lbs. The fleece is a long wool, natural color quadra-coat. Containing 4 separate fibers, the fiber is coarse, durable and highly insulative. Shepherds in the UK state the Herdwick are the first breed to dry off after a rain. Shedding moisture so well, the wool is ideal for outer-wear, and so durable it is perfect for carpets, rugs, bags, house-wares, knitting, weaving and felting!

As of March, 2021, the process of acquiring rams for genetics collection and import has begun, for the first time since 2009. Fresh genetics are greatly needed for the breeding up program in the U.S.

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Washed Fleece or locks
  • Roving
  • Millspun yarn
  • Handspun yarn
  • Felted items
  • Breeding Stock

Website: helderherdwyckfarm.com

Facebook: Helder Herdwick Farm

Breed Association: Herdwick Sheep Breeders of North America

Icelandic Sheep – Trinity Farm

Overlooking Cayuga Lake in central New York, Trinity Farm is home to Icelandic Sheep with a focus on Icelandic Leadersheep (Forystufé).  We have been raising these sheep since 2007, and since 2009 have been using the technique of VAI to produce lambs with the best genetics from Iceland.  Trinity Farm lambs can be found on farms from Washington to New Mexico to Mississippi to Maine.

The Icelandic Sheep are known from the earliest settlement of Iceland and have been isolated there, so are the oldest pure sheep breeds in the world. They are known as triple-purpose animals, providing meat, milk and wool. Icelandic Leadersheep, known from the earliest writings of Iceland and recently accepted as a separate breed, have the same milk and fiber characteristics as the “usual” Icelandics.  However, these Leadersheep, historically more valuable than the “usual” Icelandics, were selected and bred for their intelligence, sense of direction, ability to detect imminent weather changes, etc., rather than for a meaty frame.

​The fleece is double coated, with a long rather coarse top coat (tog) and fine undercoat (thel); these coats can be separated, thereby producing three types of yarn. Pure thel is soft enough for baby clothing; pure tog makes wonderful strong rug warp, etc., and the combined coats (known as lopi) produce warm and water resistant clothing. Both the “usual” Icelandic sheep and the Icelandic Sheep have a huge number of fleece color characteristics: two colors, six patterns (some of which may be co-expressed) and the possibility of spotting.  A sheep for any taste!

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Registered Breeding Stock
  • Unregistered stock (wethers only)
  • Raw Fleece
  • Washed Fleece
  • White or Natural Colored Locks
  • Dyed locks
  • Roving
  • Handspun Yarn
  • Felted Items
  • Handcrafted Items
  • Sheep Milk Soap
  • Other: Pelts, “vegetarian” pelts

Website: trinityfarm.net

Facebook: Trinity Farm

Jacob Sheep – River’s End Sheep

Our Jacob flock is grass based, Jacobs are a small, hardy hill breed of sheep that has remained largely unimproved for many centuries. Their defining characteristics are their spotted coats and multiple sets of horns. Our Jacobs are bred for good conformation, fleece quality and markings, and strong balanced horns. Many breeders find 4 or more horns to be desirable, but we only keep those with balanced, well placed horns, regardless of number.

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Tanned Pelts
  • Meat

Facebook: Rivers End Sheep

Breed Association: Jacob Sheep Breeders Association

Leicester Longwool Sheep ~ Aboundingful Farm

​We are a small farm in Lebanon County PA. One of our sheep breeds is the Rare Breed Leicester Longwool Sheep.

​The Leicester (pronounced les-ter) Longwool is one of the “luster longwool” breeds, so designated for the sheen and brilliance of their wool. The sheep appear to shine just after shearing, when the clean wool next to their skin catches the sunlight and makes them glisten for a few days before the dust and dirt of their environment catches up to them and the glow is hidden for another year.

The breed was developed in England in the mid 1700s by innovative breeder Robert Bakewell. During the 1800s, the breed lost favor to the Merino and other fine wool breeds. After 1900, the Leicester Longwool fell into decline and was likely extinct in the United States during the 1930s or 1940s. In 1990, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, reestablished the breed in North America by importing sheep from Australia.

With the help of dedicated breeders they have moved from Critical Threatened by the Livestock Conservency with fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 5,000.

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Washed Fleece or locks
  • Roving
  • Millspun yarn
  • Handspun yarn
  • Felted items
  • Breeding Stock

Website: aboundingfulfarm.com

Facebook: Aboundingful Farm

Breed Association: Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association

Romeldale CVM Sheep ~ Bohlayer’s Orchards

We are a fifth generation farm located in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. We are raising Romeldale CVM sheep, which are a rare breed listed as Threatened on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List. Romeldale CVM are a dual-purpose, fine fiber breed that comes in a variety of colors including white, rose gray, medium and dark grays, brown (moorit), and black.

​Romeldale/CVM sheep are a multi-purpose sheep breed used for both their fine wool and mild tasting meat. Romeldale sheep are white and natural colors; their CVM derivatives come in a wide range of natural colors. Romeldale sheep are a composite sheep breed, developed in Gerber, California in the early 1900s. To create this breed A.T. Spencer crossed New Zealand Marsh Romney rams over Rambouillet ewes. J.K. Sexton and his family further established the Romeldale sheep breed, and it was within their flock that the first CVM (California Variegated Mutant) sheep were born. In subsequent years, Glen Eidman, a partner of the Sexton family, developed the CVM derivative of the Romeldale sheep. Romeldale/CVM sheep are long-lived, have docile and alert personalities, and are an intelligent sheep breed.

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Roving
  • Millspun yarn
  • Felted items
  • Pelts
  • Breeding Stock

Website: bohlayersorchards.com

Facebook: Bohlayers Orchards

Instagram: bohlayersorchards

Breed Association: National Romeldale-CVM Conservancy

Shetland Sheep ~ Sweet Grass Farm/Seven Hills Shetlands

​On our farm in Wysox PA live 30 registered Shetland Sheep and two mini donkeys, Daisy and Olivia. We process our wool for spinning and weaving. Also on our farm we also have a sweet grass patch that is grown here to make baskets and bracelets and smudges.

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Washed Fleece or locks
  • Roving
  • Millspun yarn
  • Handspun yarn
  • Breeding Stock

​Website: fiberartistmarket.com/vendors/sweetgrass/

Etsy: fiberartfreedom

Breed Association: North American Shetland Sheep Breeders

Suffolk Sheep – River’s End Sheep

Our Suffolk flock is grass based, a very unusual find here in America. Instead of breeding for leggy show stock, we breed for a more classic Suffolk look. Low to the ground, wide, and massive capacity for forage sets us apart. Our ewes are maintained on grass and hay during the winter months up until about a month before lambing, when they begin receiving minimal grain to help keep them healthy while gestating lambs. They are on grain until their lambs are around 8 weeks old, at which point the entire flock is turned out on pasture for the summer and do not see grain again until the following year.

Products we offer from our sheep:

  • Raw Fleece
  • Tanned Pelts
  • Meat

Facebook: Rivers End Sheep

Breed Association: The United Suffolk Sheep Association