In and Around The Barn

A highlight of the Shepherd’s Harvest will be the “living catalog” of sheep breeds. A wide variety of wool and meat breeds will be on display.   You can expect to see everything from Black Welsh Mountain to CVM~Romeldale Sheep.  Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with shepherds about their particular breed and sheep may be sold by private treaty.

The Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Youth will have an educational booth set up in the sheep barn. You can find a variety of information related to the sheep industry; including recipes, magazines, and facts about the wool & lamb industries.

Are you interested in displaying your favorite sheep breed at the Festival?  Please contact our Animal Barns Coordinator at

Sheep and Wool

2019 Breeders on Display

Bohemian Creek Farm

Cresco, Iowa

I raise Pygora Goats for their luxury fiber. I have spinning fiber in the form of batts and cloud. Also millspun and handspun yarn. Each spring I have registered kids for sale.


Chengwatana Farm

Palisade, MN


Black Welsh Mountain sheep are small to medium in size. Rams have attractive horns that curl around the ears, while ewes are polled. The wool is short, thick, and densely stapled. The staple length is 5-10 cm, and the fiber diameter ranges between 28-36 microns. The average wool clip is three to four pounds per sheep. Black Welsh Mountain wool is attractive to handspinners. The natural black color makes it valuable for use undyed or in combination with other wools, when it is used to make grays or in the manufacture of tweeds and other patterns.The breed is known for its hardiness and self-reliance, qualities that were important in its native environment. Black Welsh Mountain sheep are also excellent foragers and excellent mothers, able to raise lambs on marginal pasture. Black Welsh Mountain market lamb is considered premium meat in Britain.


Clear Spring Farm

Welch, MN

Clear Spring Farm raises Tibetan Yak that produce luxurious fiber. Come see these beautiful creatures and their exotic fiber products. Yarn, raw fiber, rugs and socks available.


Coffey Farm

Lino Lakes, MN

Coffey Farm – Sheep and Wool is a new small breeder of California Variegated Mutant Romeldale and Romeldale Sheep. The farm has both registered and unregistered stock. Romeldales are a fine wool breed unique to the United States. The CMV is a multi-colored “mutatation” of the Romeldale that is listed by the Livestock Conservancy as endangered. Coffey Farm hopes to have as many variations and colors as possible in order to be an “art supply shop” for fiber artists.


Diamond D Sheep

Cokato, MN

Icelandic sheep is one of the world’s oldest and purest breeds of sheep. Throughout its 1100 years of history, the Icelandic breed has been truly triple-purpose, treasured for its meat, fiber and milk.  The Icelandic breed is in the North European short-tailed group of sheep, which exhibits a fluke-shaped, naturally short tail. . Icelandics are a mid-sized breed . Conformation is generally short legged and stocky. The face and legs are free of wool. The fleece is dual-coated and comes in white as well as a range of browns, grays and blacks. There are both horned and polled strains. Left unshorn for the winter, the breed is very cold hardy.

The roots of the Shetland Sheep go back over a thousand years, probably to sheep brought to the Shetland Islands by Viking settlers. Shetlands are one of the smallest of the British sheep.  Rams usually have beautiful spiral horns, whereas the ewes are typically polled. They are fine-boned and agile and their naturally short, fluke-shaped tails do not require docking. Shetlands are small and relatively slow growing, they maintain natural hardiness, thriftiness, easy lambing, adaptability and longevity. Having retained many of their primitive survival instincts, they are easier to care for than many of today’s commercial breeds.


Kurth Valley Fiber Mill

Whitehall, WI

Lindsay is owner operator of Kurth Valley Fiber Mill in Whitehall, WI. She processes wools, llama, alpaca, angora and mohair for customers throughout the United States. She also breeds and raises Cormo sheep, llamas and English angora bunnies.


Morke’s Karakuls

Isanti, MN

Karakul is an endangered breed that are known for beautiful lamb fleeces and adult fleeces that are great for hardwearing items such as rugs and outer wear. Felters love Karakul for felted slippers and bootliners. The fleeces come in a rainbow of natural colors with black being most dominant.


Prairie Willows Farm


We raise Registered Gotland and Finnsheep on our small farm in East Central Minnesota. Our flock provides quality fiber for spinning, weaving, and felting. We will have raw fleece, roving, batting, and locks available for sale in the barn. Meet “Gunnar, the Gotland” and “Teemu, the Finnsheep” in the Hall of Breeds. We will be on hand to answer questions about raising these wonderful sheep.


The Berryhill Farm

Pine Island, MN

Leicester Longwool sheep are a heritage breed first developed by Robert Bakewell in Leicester England during the early to mid 1700’s. They became world renowned such that George Washington brought in a Leicester ram to improve his own flock. Currently the breed is considered threatened by the Livestock Conservancy. The sheep are considered dual purpose for their lustrous fleece and quality carcass.


Sheep Barn Demos

Come play in the Sheep Barn during the festival, where you will also find many varieties of fiber sheep and goats, as well as the shepherds who care for them.

“Extreme Sheep Make-Overs” – Shearing!

Location: Outdoor Pavilion
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Shearer: Jim Peterson (sat) & Brian Fitzpatrick (sun)
Watch a professional shearer in action as animals are shorn on Saturday and Sunday.

Sheep Handling Demo

Location: Pavilion
Date/Time: Saturday, 2pm
Demonstrator:  Jim Peterson
Jim is a professional sheep shearer. He will talk about controlling sheep with the use of chutes, gates, dogs, and by hand. He will discuss catching, moving, throwing and holding sheep. Good information for owners of a pet sheep to shepherds of large flocks!

Basic Sheep Care Demo

Location:  Pavilion
Demonstrator:  Brian Fitzpatrick
Date/Time: Sunday, 2pm
Brian is a professional shearer. He will talk about basic sheep care. Bring your questions!