About the Farm and Our Sheep
Since 1990, sheep have grazed the rolling pastures of our 530-acre farm, which is located in the Finger Lakes region
of Western New York.
Our flock consists of white and colored registered Cotswold
sheep, colored crossbreds of Border Leicester, CVM/Rambouillet
and Corriedale lineage (NCWGA registered) and white
crossbreeds of the same types. All have been selected for
superior fleece, mothering ability and structural correctness.
are extremely concerned with biosecurity and have decided
not to take sheep to shows anymore. Our flock is closed
except for very occasionally bringing in a new ram, and
then only after he has been vetted and demonstrated negative
tests for OPP, Johne's Disease and Brucella Ovis. On 9/14/09
we reached Certified Scrapie Free status
in the Voluntary
Scrapie Flock Certification Program.
begins in February of each year and then is followed quickly
by lambing. By late summer we decide who we will keep, who
will go to the freezer, who will be sold for breeding stock
and we shear some of the Cotswolds again, as their
fleeces grow about an inch per month!
Ewe lambs retained in the flock enjoy a year of "lambhood"
and aren't bred until they are yearlings. Once in our breeding
flock, ewes usually stay their entire lives. Several ewes
are in the "double digits" geriatric club and
enjoying their retirement while growing fleece without the
stress of lambing. Our oldest girl, Dandelion, passed
away at 14. After giving us 24 lambs, including triplets
in the spring of 2001, she enjoyed a quiet retirement before
Our rams are selected for fleece characteristics and temperament.
We only keep mellow rams that mind their manners. In 2002
we added a Moorit CVM / Rambouillet cross "Rusty"
whose rust colored fleece is very soft and even.
In 2004, moorit ram "Barney" from CA joined the
flock. Having 2 years of daughters from Rusty necessitated
widening the gene pool. In 2006, seeing that we were
losing some Border Leicester influence with the passing
of some old girls, we added "Mr. Lincoln" - a
black Border Leicester ram lamb from MA. In 2007 we are
had some artificial insemination done in the Cotswolds using
a British ram which gave us some very "classic"
looking lambs. We are now using 3 of the resultant F1 rams
on our ewes.
The production of beautiful fleeces is the main focus of
the flock. To this end, all non-Cotswold adults are generally
kept coated year round. While coating is costly and labor
intensive, protection of the fleece greatly improves the
quality of the wool. We have settled on "Sheep Suits"
from Rocky Sheep
Company as the brand that works best for us.
feel free to contact us about any aspect of our operation.
We are always glad to answer questions to help beginning
shepherds, and can "talk sheep" till your eyes
We look forward to you experiencing the quality of our products,
Robin and Andy Nistock (and Holly)