Romeldale sheep are very unique and rare. They are listed as critically endangered by The American Livestock Conservancy. There are less than 30 breeders in the world who register their sheep with the Romeldale/CVM Conservancy. The Conservancy only registers sheep that trace back 100% to the original Romeldale Flocks. We are the only breeder west of Wisconsin who raise these rare sheep.
Why We Love Romeldales
We love our Romeldales for their ultra soft wool. Romeldale fleece is next to skin soft with a micron count that ranges from 20-25 and a good staple length of about 4-6 inches. Romeldale wool is unique in that it comes in a variety of beautiful natural colors ranging from cream, to grays, blacks, and tans. Romeldale fleece is perfect for hand spinners! It’s soft, fine, lofty, and crispy with beautiful variegated color!
Our Romeldale sheep have the sweetest personalities! They are much more friendly than most
sheep we have had. They love attention and always run to the fence to greet us. We like their quiet disposition too. They tend to be less vocal than our other breeds of sheep.
Romeldale sheep are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a good dual purpose breed!
While I would highly recommend our Dorper sheep for strictly meat use, The Romeldale are a
great choice if you want the best wool in the world and a great source of meat for your family.Adults weigh from 160-275 lbs. They are fast growing and do well on pasture.
Romeldale sheep are a hardy breed. Ewes have an easy time lambing and are excellent mothers! Sadly, many flocks of sheep are plagued with OPP and CL. We take great care in maintaining herd health and are proud to say all of our sheep are OPP and CL free. We do not show any of our animals. This keeps our risk of contamination at a minimum. Our sheep are raised on an all organic diet free from antibiotics and GMO feed.
Lambs start at $600
Ewes start at $800
Rams start at $800
Over the years our farm has participated in conservation breeding programs that have dramatically helped improve the conservation status of several critically endangered breeds of livestock. Our efforts have helped preserve these special breeds for future generations. Our breeding program consists of healthy diets, and a clean environment free from industrial noise and pollution which is important during gestation for these sensitive breeds.
Just like there are endangered species such as pandas, tigers, and elephants, there are also endangered livestock and poultry breeds. Specifically, 21% of the world’s 8,000 livestock breeds are in danger of extinction. It is these breeds that our farm works to protect.
Information about Romeldale Sheep
The Romeldale is a breed of domestic sheep native to the United States. The breed’s name refers to the Romney rams and Rambouillet ewes which were crossed to create it around 1915.
Today the Romeldale/CVM is still a very rare breed, and The Livestock Conservancy lists it as critical. The soft wool and the unusual colors of the CVM are especially prized by handspinners.
Romeldales and CVMs are generally considered two types of the same breed. Other than color they share most of the same physical and temperamental traits, and are medium to large sheep at 150-275 pounds.
The original Romeldales are mostly white, though any sheep not conforming to the CVM standard may be registered as Romeldales. CVMs are all natural-colored sheep with a badger face pattern. Unusually for natural colored sheep, their fleece tends to darken with age rather than grow lighter. Both Romeldales and CVMs are polled.
What Are Heritage Breeds?
Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. These breeds were carefully selected and bred over time to develop traits that made them well-adapted to the local environment and they thrived under farming practices and cultural conditions that are very different from those found in modern agriculture.
Traditional, historic breeds retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency – fertility, foraging ability, longevity, maternal instincts, ability to mate naturally, and resistance to diseases and parasites.
Heritage animals once roamed the pastures of America’s pastoral landscape, but today these breeds are in danger of extinction. Modern agriculture has changed, causing many of these breeds to fall out of favor. Heritage breeds store a wealth of genetic resources that are important for our future and the future of our agricultural food system.