Twin Springs Farm - Black Angus Cattle, cows, calves, cattle, Shetland Sheep, sheep, Mammoth Jackstock, mules, donkeys, rams
     
Firefly
100 Twin Springs Lane
Avonmore, PA 15618
              Phone: (724) 697-4930

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Our Shetland sheep are small fine boned
primitive sheep that are calm and docile
and respond well to handling. Their
primitive nature translates into healthy
thrifty sheep that lamb easily producing
vigorous lambs that are up and nursing
quickly. Shetland ewes have plenty of milk for their lambs. Our ewes generally produce twins every year but a few even raise triplets unassisted each year. Their naturally short tails never
require docking. Their most important
physical characteristic is their soft
durable wool, the finest of any British
               Firecracker's Nitro
breed, which comes in 11 official colors such as white, black, shades of gray,
shades of moorit/brown, and 30 different markings or patterns.
Within our flock we strive to maintain a wide variety of fleeces both in color and type.  Some of our Shetlands have more primitive fleece:  soft, wavy, long stapled.  Others have a fleece more in the English style:  soft, very crimpy, and single coated.  And still others have a fleece somewhere in between.

Our ewes come in a wide variety of grays, fawns, moorits, blacks, and whites, as well as dark browns. They are a good mix with some solid colored and others spotted with markings such as krunet, bersugget, smirslet, flecket, sokket, sponget and yuglet, and still others having the pattern of katmoget. In 2003 Bonnie produced two strikingly marked lambs - white with black flowing from their heads onto their shoulders. This is an old but rare marking which we refer to as "caped flecket".

Ram History

Over the past years we retired Ezra, Jitterbug, Jonah, Isaiah Levi and Jeremiah. Fall of 2010 we added Adison from Maple Ridge in Vermont and Lamech and Levi, both home-raised. Fall of 2011 we added two home-raised ram lambs: and two black and white caped fleckets #1129 and #1154.

This fall we bred five ewes to Corbin, a moorit and white caped flecket with a wonderfully crimpy fleece. And we traveled to central Massachusetts in October to bring home Swiftriver Cyrus and Swiftriver Fanwell, two white rams with beautiful crimpy fleeces and wide horns. Using A1, Swift River Farm has been able to breed their ewes to outstanding UK rams excelling in in fleece and conformation.



Some of our Rams

Gideon a mellow tempered moorit and white cape flecket with great crimp and an excellent tail, has been producing lambs here for six years.

S'More, a black and white wide horned yuglet, sokket, flecket came from Missouri in 2005 and is throwing beautiful spotted lambs.

Lamech; is a black/grey spotted katmoget with a finely crimped fleece out of Greysong.

Levi #1051 is a finely crimped moorit out of Kelly.

Adison is a musket ram lamb with an incredibly soft fleece who joined our flock from Maple Ridge in Vermont.

Malachi #1129 was a finely crimped black and white caped flecket with great horns and a perfect short fluke-shaped tail. Unfortunately reintroduction with the other rams was his undoing and 2012 saw his only lambs.

Micha #1154 was a black and white caped flecket with a long finely crimped fleece and wool on his poll and forehead. Unfortunately Micha met the same fate as Malachi.

Corbin, a moorit and white cape flecket with great crimp and a good tail, was bred to five ewes with cape flecket genes this year. His proclivity to bashing made his stay here a short one.

Swiftriver Cyrus's grandsire is Heights Orion, an outstanding ram awarded "Premium" status by the SSBG in the UK.

Swiftriver Fanwell's grandsire is Island Kurkigarth Brent, Champion Moorit Ram at the 2000 Shetland Flock Book Show and Sale in the UK.

Both Cyrus and Fanwell should add outstanding new genetics to our flock. As I write this in March we are looking forward with great excitement to this year's lambs.

All of these rams are even tempered and easy to work with.

When it comes time to trim hooves, worm, vaccinate, or move the sheep, having friendly, halter trained Shetlands makes the job easier and more pleasant. That's why we handle and halter train all our ewe lambs every year. By August each year the lambs are weaned and ready for new homes. Delivery within 200 miles is available. Longer distances can be handled in various ways. Delivery to the FLFF is possible
     
      

Lightfoot with North Star and Nellie



       S'More
S'More



    

Lamech



    

Corbin



    

Cyrus & Fanwell



    

Malachi



    

#1129 Malachi (note perfect tail)



    

Isaac

Isaac:
Note the heavy dalmation like spotting called sponget

See our sheep and fleeces by visiting us at the farm or at the following events:
Date Event Location
September
21 and 22
Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock, New York
1st. Weekend
in May
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Friendship, MD
(see following paragraph)
 
Since 2002 we have been taking a few sheep and fleeces to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in Hemlock,NY, which we thoroughly enjoy. A few years ago we started donating a yearling ewe to the Youth Conservation Project sponsored by the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. We are only there for Sunday, the day of the presentation, and donít take sheep for display, but would be happy to talk Shetlands if you give us a call beforehand.
Raw Fleeces

We take pride in the quality of fleeces we offer for sale.  We try to produce a clean fleece as free as possible of vegetative matter (hay).  The flock is grazed on tall fescue winter pasture which means less hay is needed. And that hay is fed on the snow or ground which minimizes hay in the neck or back wool. All fleeces are heavily skirted.
The fleeces are available in a wide variety of colors and shades, fiber lengths, and crimp.  Some are a solid color while others have a main body color with darker shades of the same color, others have fibers that vary in color from tip to base.  We have adult as well as lamb fleeces.    All of our fleeces are described in a comprehensive chart free upon request, and we will gladly provide you samples before you buy. Photos of individual fleeces and locks are availalbe on request. We ship throughout the United States.

We also have a limited supply of roving, details available upon request.










Recent Lambs


Firefly's Casper

Joy's Money Penny

Fiona & triplets

 
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