Q: Can I get lamb year round?
A: Our lamb is typically available in the late summer through early winter and is usually sold out by the end of December. The lambs are born in February and March and are slaughtered between the ages of 7 and 10 months which is why we don't have lamb available in the late Winter and early Spring.
Q: What kinds of things can one make with Lincoln wool?
A: Good Lincoln fiber is long, silky and lustrous, falling in locks with curls or waves. It is well suited for a wide range of knitted outer wear such as sweaters, socks, hats and mittens. Lincoln lamb fleeces are softer than adult wool and can be used for all of the above as well as shawls. Of course, the coarser Lincoln fiber is a classic for rug yarn. And needle felters love Lincoln for the texture of its locks.
Q: I've heard that Lincoln sheep are very large - are they difficult to handle?
A: Lincolns are very big and smart sheep. Most of our adult ewes weigh between 200 and 240 lbs. while rams can top out at 300 lbs +. This having been said, they are quite friendly and docile and I find them to be much less flightly and easier to manage than some of the smaller breeds such as Shetlands and Icelandics.
Q: Can sheep be raised on pasture alone without ever supplementing with hay or alfalfa?
A: I suppose it would be possible if you bred the ewes to lamb late (April) so that the majority of the nutritional needs of both the mothers as well as the lambs would be met by high quality pasture. However we choose to lamb in February so that the lambs will be ready for marketing in the late summer and autumn. Most people find that it is necessary to supplement their sheep in the winter, just as is the case with cattle and horses. Winter forage is typically not good enough to support ruminants in the latter part of their pregnancy.