Leicester Longwool Sheep ~ Aboundingful Farm 

​We are a small farm in Lebanon County PA. One of our sheep breeds is the Rare Breed Leicester Longwool Sheep. 

​The Leicester (pronounced les-ter) Longwool is one of the “luster longwool” breeds, so designated for the sheen and brilliance of their wool. The sheep appear to shine just after shearing, when the clean wool next to their skin catches the sunlight and makes them glisten for a few days before the dust and dirt of their environment catches up to them and the glow is hidden for another year. 

The breed was developed in England in the mid 1700s by innovative breeder Robert Bakewell. During the 1800s, the breed lost favor to the Merino and other fine wool breeds. After 1900, the Leicester Longwool fell into decline and was likely extinct in the United States during the 1930s or 1940s.

In 1990, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, reestablished the breed in North America by importing sheep from Australia.

With the help of dedicated breeders they have moved from Critical Threatened by the Livestock Conservency with fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 5,000.

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Raw Fleece
Washed Fleece or locks
Roving
Millspun yarn
Handspun yarn

Felted items
Breeding Stock


Website: http://www.aboundingfulfarm.com/
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Breed Association: Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association

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Shetland Sheep ~ Sweet Grass Farm/Seven Hills Shetlands

On our farm in Wysox PA live 30 registered Shetland Sheep and two mini donkeys, Daisy and Olivia. We process our wool for spinning and weaving.

We also sell wool from fleeces to finished garments and weavings. On our farm we also have a sweet grass patch that is grown here to make baskets and bracelets and smudges.


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Roving
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​Website:  https://fiberartistmarket.com/vendors/sweetgrass/
Online Shopping:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/fiberartfreedom      Breed Association: North American Shetland Sheepbreeders 

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Cashmere Goats ~ Hermit Pond Farm

Hermit Pond Farm is home to a hermit, a pond, a herd of cashmere goats, and an assortment of cats. The hermit is a refugee from the corporate world and city life, with a history in classical music and an undying love for the quiet beauty of the hills in Central New York. The pond offers an escape from chores and a rewarding view of the hills. The cashmere herd consists of 40 - 70 spoiled goats who roam the pastures and produce bags of fine, crimpy cashmere every spring.

​The general term "cashmere goat" refers to a type of goat that produces fiber meeting the international standard for cashmere, rather than a breed. However, the Cashmere Goat Association has established a more detailed standard for cashmere goats and the USDA has recently recognized "North American Cashmere Goats" as a breed of cashmere goats who meet that standard. 
Cashmere goats produce a downy undercoat, one of the finest in the world, that can be combed out in early spring as the goat naturally sheds. They are judged on their ability to produce fleeces that are very fine in diameter, long enough to be easily spun and to avoid producing "pilling" in garments, and crimpy in style. Cashmere goats are dual-purpose animals, providing both fiber and meat, and they are thoroughly satisfying animals to raise - funny, individual, energetic, and often very friendly.

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Icelandic Sheep


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Breed Association:​  Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America

Suffolk Sheep ~ River's End Farm

The Suffolk breed, an original English breed, was the result of crossing Southdown rams on Norfolk Horned ewes. The product of this cross was determined to be a great improvement over either one of the parents. Although the Suffolk was a recognized breed as early as 1810, the flock book was not closed until much later.


Mature weights for Suffolk rams range from 250 to 350 pounds (113-159 kg), ewe weights vary from 180 to 250 pounds (81-113 kg). Fleece weights from mature ewes are between five and eight pounds(2.25-3.6 kg) with a yield of 50 to 62 percent. The fleeces are considered medium wool type with a fiber diameter of 25.5 to 33.0 microns and a spinning count of 48 to 58. The staple length of Suffolk Fleece ranges from 2 to 3.5 inches (5-6.75 cm)

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Tunis Sheep ~ Moria Norris Farm

Tunis are striking in appearance, with red faces and legs and ivory colored fleeces. Their clean heads and lop ears are distinctive. The sheep weigh 150–275 pounds and both sexes are polled. Lambs are born with a double coat of red fiber on their bodies to protect them from the elements. They gain a lighter fleece with maturity, but retain red legs, heads, and ears.

 Tunis is a very docile dual-purpose breed that has been selected primarily for meat production. The fleece is medium-grade wool, which turns white during processing. Fleeces weigh seven to twelve pounds and have a staple length of three to five inches. Ewes are prolific, fertile, and consistently produce twins. They are heavy milkers and make attentive mothers. Tunis sheep are good grazers and easy keepers, allowing them to thrive in forage based production systems.

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Blue Faced Leicester Sheep ~  Fox Hollow Farm
Located in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, our family raises registered Bluefaced Leicester sheep.  Bluefaced Leicesters (BFLs) are our primary wool breed.  Registered lambs are available each spring. 
We are very careful about keeping our sheep in a clean environment. We bed with straw, which wicks moisture away from the animal and stays out of the fleece. We feed hay from special feeders that keep hay crumble from entering the picture. Fleeces are strong, veggie-free, and easy to work with.

​The Bluefaced Leicester sheep is very distinct with its Roman nose, long, upright earset, and deep blue skin contrasted with soft, white, demi-lustre wool. The BFL also has recessive color genetics, and “Natural Colored” lambs can be produced. Both rams and ewes are polled. They have a clean head/face, legs, and belly (free of wool).
The BFL is classified as a Longwool breed. It is one of the three Leicester breeds of sheep… the Leicester Longwool, the Border Leicester, and of course, the Bluefaced Leicester


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​Raw Fleece
Roving
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Pelts
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Website: http://www.foxhollowsheep.com/
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Breed Association:​ Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America  

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Romeldale CVM Sheep ~ Bohlayer's Orchards

We are a fifth generation farm located in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. We are raising Romeldale CVM sheep, which are a rare breed listed as Threatened on The Livestock Conservancy's Conservation Priority List. Romeldale CVM are a dual-purpose, fine fiber breed that comes in a variety of colors including white, rose gray, medium and dark grays, brown (moorit), and black.

​Romeldale/CVM sheep are a multi-purpose sheep breed used for both their fine wool and mild tasting meat. Romeldale sheep are white and natural colors; their CVM derivatives come in a wide range of natural colors. Romeldale sheep are a composite sheep breed, developed in Gerber, California in the early 1900s. To create this breed A.T. Spencer crossed New Zealand Marsh Romney rams over Rambouillet ewes. J.K. Sexton and his family further established the Romeldale sheep breed, and it was within their flock that the first CVM (California Variegated Mutant) sheep were born. In subsequent years, Glen Eidman, a partner of the Sexton family, developed the CVM derivative of the Romeldale sheep. Romeldale/CVM sheep are long-lived, have docile and alert personalities, and are an intelligent sheep breed.


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Website: www.bohlayersorchards.com
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Breed Association: National Romeldale-CVM Conservancy   

Angora Goats ~ Aboundingful Farm  

Aboundingful Farm is home to a small flock of Colored Angora Goats in Lebanon County, PA.  

Angora goats grow silky, soft, curled ringlets or wavy locks of lustrous fiber called “mohair.” Because this beautiful hair grows so fast--about an inch per month--the Angora goat is called the most efficient fiber producer on earth. Our goats are shorn twice a year: spring and fall.  Mohair is called the “diamond fiber” because of its unique ability to allow light to pass through its very strong hair shaft, giving an unmatched lustrous shine.

Adult bucks average 125-175 lbs and does 80 -125 lbs. Both sexes have horns which are one of the breed standards and contribute to their beauty and graceful appearance. Horns also assist in cooling the animals in hot climates. Angoras are seasonal breeders typically kidding from January through April. 

The name Angora reflects this breed’s roots in the region around Ankara, today’s capital city of Turkey. This same mountainous region is believed to have been the birthplace of the Angora rabbit


​Products we offer from our goats:

Washed Natural Color locks in a variety of shades

Washed and dyed locks in bright colors

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Breed Association: Colored Angora Goat Breeders Association

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Finnsheep ~ Rascal Fair Farm

Finnsheep, or Finnish Landrace as they are known in their native country of Finland, were first imported to North America by the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1966. Progeny was then brought from Canada by private breeders in the USA.
The breed is considered to be several hundred years old, descending from the mouflan that live in the wild on Sardinia and Corsica. They are also said to be related to other Scandinavian short-tailed sheep. 
Most of the Finnsheep in the USA  are pure white.  They are also increasingly available in solid black and black/white piebald (spotted) and somewhat less commonly found in grey, brown and fawn. Finnsheep wool has unmistakable luster and softness in all shades of color.  While the fleece is lightweight (5-6 lb.) it is highly praised by hand spinners as it blends easily with other fibers, has a long staple (3-6″), and a wool spinning count in the 50′s (24 to 31 microns)

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Gotland Sheep - Quinta Melo Gotlands

We purchased out first Gotland sheep in 2012 for my daughter Mercy, who was very active in 4-H. My love of the Gotland breed led me to continue this venture. Gotlands are a Swedish sheep breed, medium sized, with a fine bone structure. They are best known for their high luster, curly silver locks. They are very curious and friendly. The lambs are born solid black, and turn silver over week to months. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have - I'm always happy to talk about my sheep!


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Online Shopping:  http://quinta-melo-gotlands.weebly.com/
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Virtual Farm Visit:  Quinta Melo Gotlands

Breed Association: American Gotland Sheep Society

East Friesian Sheep ~ River's End Farm







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Texel Sheep ~ 

The Texel breed today is a white-faced breed with no wool on the head or legs. The breed is characterized by a distinctive short, wide face with a black nose and widely placed, short ears with a nearly horizontal carriage. These sheep also have black hooves. The wool is of medium grade (46’s-56’s) with no black fibers. Mature animals shear fleece weights of 3.5-5.5 kg.

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Breed Association: Texel Sheep Breeders Sociaty
 

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Pennsylvania

Endless Mountains Fiber Festival

​If you raise any purebred breed of sheep or fiber goats not listed and are interested in promoting your breed at the 2021 Festival, please contact Ellen Anderson

at pafiberfestival@yahoo.com

We wish to promote as many breeds as possible.