Our Sheep at Sprout Farms Apple Orchards

Sheep have become a feature on our farm. The primary use of sheep is for grass maintenance, but with breed selection and crossbreeding, we have begun to produce some lovely fleece that is sought after by spinners and weavers. Over the last few years, our fleeces have been consistent winners at the fibre show held yearly at Olds College.


Fleece for Sale

We have the following fleeces for sale now. This year’s shearings’ should be available in July, 2017.


2 Jacob X unknown - tricolor

1 Jacob X Southdown - brown and grey

1 Jacob X Southdown - grey

1 Jacob X Shetland - dark Brown

3 Shetland X Southdown - white

3 Southdown X –white

2 Shetland – fawn/grey

1 Shetland – white

1 Shetland – black

3 Shetland- Fawn

1 Scottish Blackface X Southdown – white

1 Scottish Blackface- white


We are selling all these fleeces at $30.00 to clear them out. The fleece is in good shape and most have very little VM. Please contact us by phone @780‑910‑8847 or email us at info@sproutfarms.ca if you are interested in fleece.


Our Sheep

Scottish Blackface

Maggie and Eve are our two purebred Scottish Blackface ewes. Sadly, we lost our purebred ram, Smudge, in the fall of 2013.


Scottish Blackface are a very old breed that can be traced back to the 12th century. The breed was likely developed in the border area of Scotland and England, but its exact origins are not known.


Though a very common breed in the United Kingdom, it is fairly rare in Canada.


Both ewes and rams have horns. The wool is used in the making of the famous “Harris Tweed”.


Jacob

Jane and Dot are our two purebred ewes.


The Jacob is an old, unimproved breed with obscure origins. The name comes from the biblical reference to Jacob and his striving to achieve spotted sheep and goats.


The Jacob is a white sheep with black spots. As the wool is exposed to sun, the spots can appear to be brown, but that is only on the surface of the fleece. Jacobs can have 2, 4 or even 6 horns. Both ewes and rams have horns.


Jacob is considered to be a rare breed.


Shetland

We have a number of purebred Shetland ewes: Star, Babe, Chocolate, Jet, Lee, Lizzy, Licorice, Peggy Sue, Pippa, Suzi Q, Steena, Valy, Victoria and Volcano. The rams are Painter and Dr. Spec.


The Shetland’s roots go back over 1,000 years to when the Vikings brought sheep to the Shetland Islands of Scotland. They are a small, hardy breed and are considered primitive or unimproved.


Shetlands come in many colours. Ours are black, white, grey and various shades of brown. There are many Gaelic names used to describe the colour and colour patterns of Shetland sheep.


The rams have horns, but the ewes can be horned or polled. Most are polled.


Shetland sheep, once considered rare, are now making a comeback thanks in large part to Canadian breeders.


Southdown Babydoll

Sammy is our Southdown ram. He has been the sire of many of our crossbred sheep that have winning fleeces.


The Southdown Babydoll breed originated in the Southdown hills in Sussex County, England and was the original Southdown bred. The Southdown of today has been bred to be a larger meat producing breed and the characteristics of the smaller Babydoll were nearly lost. In 1986, Robert Mack began to search for sheep with the original bloodlines. After an extensive search only 350 of the miniature sheep were found. An Olde English Babydoll Southdown registry was then formed to keep the line pure.


Crossbred Sheep

We have a number of crossbred sheep that have been producing beautiful fleece.


If you are interested in fleece from any of our sheep, please contact us at info@sproutfarms.ca.

Come and See Us

Address

56307 Range Road 235, 

Bon Accord, AB, T0A 0K0


Phone

780‑910‑8847


Email

info@sproutfarms.ca


Hours

Sheep and fleece sales are by appointment only.

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