Farm Profiles is a NEW feature brought to you by the DCSWGA. Each month or so we'll feature a different Association member farm. Thanks to our 2010 Wool Ambassador Claire Burnett for working so hard to get these profiles ready to post. The text is from interviews conducted by Claire with a representative of each farm.
Willow Creek Farm
14 A White Schoolhouse Rd.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Why they decided on sheep?
Don started with sheep because he always loved animals. His aunt stole a sheep from a restaurant when he was 14 and gave it to him as a present. He finally now has a flock of sheep because he has adequate acreage for the animals. His life long dream of owning animals has come true.
What breed of sheep do you have now?
Don got Shetlands in 2005. He still has Shetlands today.
Why did you decide on this breed of sheep?
Don decided on Shetlands because they were a small sized breed with a quiet temperament. He likes the breed because they don’t eat a lot.
How many acres do you have?
Don has 4 acres where his goats and sheep are raised.
What associations are you a member of?
Don is a member of the North American Shetland Association and the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association
Do you produce any farm products?
Don produces topsoil and felted items.
Some important tips for new shepherds?
Don wants to make sure you have good fencing.
If you are a member of the DCSWGA and would like your farm included as part of our Farm Profiles section, please contact our membership committee.
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Midnight Merinos - Traver Farm
Ewe'll Wonder Farm - McCord Farm