Jeff & Debbie Traver
109 Fancor Rd.
Clinton Corners, NY 12514
WHEN DID YOU START WITH SHEEP?
Jeff and Debbie first began raising Hampshires in 1972 and 1979 respectively. Both were in 4-H. They were friendly competitors, after meeting at the Sussex County Fair in New Jersey in 1982. The two flocks were merged in the late ‘80s and they were married in 1993. They began with Merinos with the purchase of the Wild Apple Hill flock in 1999. The Hampshire flock of 100 was dispersed to an organic meat grower in 2002.
Jeff and Debbie have marketed their wool at the local farmers markets and craft shows. They also have participated in the Greenmarket in NYC. The Travers initiated the lamb marketing venue at the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in 1996. Midnight Merinos shows their sheep at venues throughout New York, New England, and the East Coast. 2007 was a "banner year" with awards for best fleece, champions and premier breeder.
DCSWGA life members- Jeff is on the Board of Directors
Jeff was 2008 DCSWGA Shepherd of the Year
Historians for the American Delaine Merino Registry Association
Leaders Southern Shepherds 4-H club 1993 - 2008
BEST TIP FOR THE BEGINNER
Debbie- When getting started with sheep figure out what purpose you want them to serve and then research what breed to get.
Jeff- Sheep need to be dry to be shorn, and don’t feed them before the shearer comes!
FARM PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE
Jeff is a professional shearer and available year round. The couple offers merinos fleeces, socks and other assorted products.