Our Farm: Mini Goats & Shetland Sheep
Our treasured goats are the source for our all-natural, handmade, creamy goats milk soap. We use the natural wool fiber of our sheep for our pure Shetland yarn. You can read more about our soap and wool yarn in our Farmstead Goods page.
We also sell baby goats and lambs each year to families wanting their own pet, dairy or fiber animals.
Miniature Lamancha & Nigerian Dwarf Goats: Great Backyard Pets or Family Milkers
If you're looking for the perfect milker for the family homestead, you've found it in Miniature Lamancha and Nigerian Dwarf goats. The small size, high butterfat and sweet nature of these goats make them wonderful pets, companions and dairy animals.
Nigerian Dwarf and mini Lamancha milk has high butterfat, making it perfect for soap and cheese making and a giving it a sweet taste, perfect for drinking and cooking. Their small size makes them easy and economical to raise and their sweet personalities make them endearing pets.
Shetland Sheep: Beautiful Fiber, Softest Yarn
Our small flock of purebred Shetland sheep are selected for exceptional fleece quality, beautiful colors and patterns and hardy, easy care temperaments. Shetlands are a miniature breed whose tiny size and hardy nature suit them perfectly as fiber animals, living lawn mowers and backyard pets. Our flock is registered with the North American Shetland Sheep Breeders Association and individual lambs may be registered upon request.
Did you know most Shetland lambs are born nearly black? Their fleece color changes significantly with age. You can expect your dark lamb to brighten to a beautiful golden brown to creamy white in time. Our Shetlands have fine to medium wool with a 2-4" staple length, perfect for hand spinning, felting or mill spinning. Our sheep roo easily, allowing you to harvest your wool yourself rather than shearing if so desired.
Sheep are flock animals who are happiest only in groups. Lambs will not be sold individually unless you already have another sheep. Please educate yourself on sheep care before you purchase.
Shetland sheep have a long history - their roots go back over a thousand years, probably to sheep brought to the Shetland Islands in Scotland by Viking settlers. They are a calm, docile and easy-to-manage breed. Our sheep are friendly - eating out of our hands and enjoying being petted and given attention. Although Shetlands are small and relatively slow growing, they maintain natural hardiness, thriftiness, easy lambing, adaptability and longevity.
Shetlands are world-renown for their beautiful wool - one of the finest and softest of any UK breed. This soft, yet strong and durable wool is a delight to spin and is ideal for knitting. Traditionally, the finest of the Shetland yarns, spun from selected neck wool, were knit into lace shawls so fine they could be drawn through a wedding ring! Shetland wool comes in one of the widest ranges of colors of any breed. Everything from the purest white to the deepest coal black. There are 11 main colors and 30 markings, many still bearing their Shetland dialect names. Fleeces usually weigh between 2 to 4 pounds with the staple length of 2 to 4 1/2 inches.