Romeldale/California Variegated Mutant (CVM) sheep are the rarest sheep breed in the US, according the The Livestock Conservancy. They are a dual purpose breed (though only used for fiber on our farm) - with wool great for close to skin contact in items such as mittens, scarves, hats, and sweaters. Find out more about the breed at the National Romeldale-CVM Conservancy.
Pygora goats are a mix of pygmy and angora goats (no more than 75% of one or the other), and registered with the Pygora Breeders Association. Their fiber is extremely soft and can vary on a spectrum from Cashmere to Mohair. They are friendly and inquisitive, loving both treats and scratches.
Chickens and Ducks
We currently have ~30 chickens in a mix of; black autralorp, golden comet, Rhode Island red, barred rock, and silkies. Our new 'covered wagon' coop was just put into operation allowing the chickens a bit more room to spread out at night. This winter we have cracked the high tunnel door open giving the chickens a warmer ice free area to explore during the day as they tend to want to avoid snowy ground. We have also acquired a handful of ducks who like wandering around the farm and spilling everyone's water. We might have about a dozen eggs a week from them. Speaking of eggs, winter is a great time to stop by and get some as we have a surplus building up!
We caught a couple swarms and were able to make a few splits this year bringing our hive count to 6 as we head into winter.