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OUR SHEEP

Our breeding philosophy helps us recognize the traits and characteristics of the sheep and their fiber that will promote improvement in our flock.

BREEDING

WOOL

Fiber quality reflects good breeding and nutrition. At Wind Ridge Farm we strive to have our flock produce strong and lustrous wool - as fleeces, roving, yarn and blankets.

MEAT

Our breeding philosophy helps us recognize the traits and characteristics of the sheep and their fiber that will promote improvement in our flock.

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TEESWATER

Teeswater sheep are listed as Critical by The Livestock Conservancy. They are an old breed named after the river Tees in England. They were introduced to the US for an upbreeding program. Compared to most English longwools their fleeces are finer. Their locks are long and wavy and their luster makes them well-loved by dyers. Their fiber is strong and durable and is easily spun.

These sheep have a tremendous amount of presence and can be quite personable.

BLUEFACED LEICESTER

Bluefaced Leicesters are an English longwool sheep with uniform fleeces and pearled locks. The wool is fine, lustrous and comfortable against the skin; it is a fiber-lover's favorite. This breed is dual purpose.

These sheep ooze personality.

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CROSSES

Teeswater & Bluefaced Leicester "crosses" are bred thoughtfully, keeping in mind the characteristics of the sheep & their fiber. My "crosses" tend to be hardy & healthy & good sized which means good market lambs. When crossing a fine with a long wool the resulting fiber has loft, is soft yet silky and has luster, length & strength.

The "crosses" are strong and welcome members of my flock.

OUR FLOCK

Our flock includes both registered Teeswaters and Bluefaced Leicesters. We blend our wool through cross-breeding - right on the sheep - and not at a mill.

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