Our sheep have arrived and enjoying their vacation in our Soho Neighborhood. They hail from New Paltz New York where they live on the beautiful White Barn Farm. White Barn is reknowned as the place where art and agriculture meet. The farmers at White Barn specialize in sheep and wool. Paula their shepherd loves to explain that sheep are not only the most frequently named animal in scripture, they are the most giving animals on the planet. They have supplied us with two breeds of sheep, one California Red and two Cormos.
The California Red is a cross between Barbados and Tunis sheep and considered a medium-sized sheep. Mature rams weigh 225 to 250 pounds and ewes range from 130 to 150 pounds. Both sexes are naturally hornless and are born a solid rust or cinnamon red color, a color that is retained as they mature. At maturity, the fleeces turn a beige or oatmeal color. Their legs and faces are free of wool with long pendulous ears which emphasize the animal's appearance. Their wool is silky in texture and has found a specialty market with hand spinners and weavers.
The Cormos are a special breed as they are bred based on scientific measurement of commercially desirable characteristics. Selection criteria include clean fleece weight, fiber diameter, growth or body weight, and fertility. Originating in Tasmania, Australia, the Cormo derives its name from its two parent breeds: Corriedale and Superfine Saxon Merino. Cormo sheep produce a long stapled, high yielding fine-wool fleece with a high degree of fiber uniformity.
Come visit the sheep often as they will only be here for a limited time. Learn more about our sheep, their shepherd and farm at: http://whitebarnsheepandwool.com/