WILD 'N' WOOLLY FARM Coopworth Sheep 'n' Highland Cattle

Wool from Our Sheep to Ewe

Wild 'n' Woolly Farm
WILDLIFE REFUGE

We are embracing the uniqueness and natural-ness of our farm and allowing it to "Just Be", to embrace being a native habitat for all plant and animal life...even the coyote and bear who taunt us with potential threats to our livestock.  There must remain areas that can be allowed to return to whatever this new and life-endangered world we have created will allow.  As time permits I will add photos and ramblings in this journey to our website.

This photo was taken from the top ridge of the hill to the northwest of the farmhouse where the sheep, horse 'Dog' and donkey 'Eoyore' hang out in the summer and fall...thought you might enjoy a panoramic early morning summer's view!  '




This photo was taken on WALKABOUT September 9th to the Top of Bald Knob to photograph the Sunrise over our farm and the Lost River Valley.  Sissy is poised graciously overlooking the valley.  Our farm lies beneath the rise of the hill some 800+ Ft. below the top.  It was a brisk beautiful morning.  The slightly waning Full Moon had just fallen prey to the day's rotation and hidden itself to the west of us.  A glorious way to start the day....   



Our 200-acre farm....... 


lies at the base of Bald Knob -- the top of West Mountain.  This mountain is the beginnings of the headwaters for the Lost River.  It lies along the 'Divide' in the easternmost part of Hardy County, West Virginia. We have lived here 37 years. We have NOW lived here longer than any one family since the 1850's when deeds were recorded and maintained by the county.  The farm elevation is 1800 ft.  West Mountain's elevation is either 2615 or 2715 ft. depending on which map you use as reference.  It snows most years--sometimes less, sometimes more (...this year far less than in 2016, a mere 8")! Fortunately, summers are relatively mild, with daytime temperatures in the 80's-90's; and comfortable nighttime temperatures in the 60's-70's. 

 

Our cows; sheep; "Flame RedDog" one-horse, and "Tinkerbell Eoyore" one-donkey graze 100+ acres,  The remaining woodland acreage is managed as wildlife habit; we gather just enough firewood from the 'dead and down' trees for our own use. Deer, squirrel and red fox thrive here. Coyotes do, as well, but are held at bay by the 'Don't Even Think About It' attitude of our ANATOLIA Sheep Dogs, "Sissy" and "Annie"!  The stalwart 'ole Farm Shepherd, "Woodrow", provides backup when necessary!   

   

There is no 'real' cropland.  In good years, we harvest hay from our one pasture field beyond the barn past the 'ram-pasture' pond.  We otherwise make hay on the farm in nearby Bergton, Virginia, where my husband was raised. Our hay and pastures are fertilized and limed regularly and consists of orchard grass, timothy, and clovers.  We buy alfalfa hay from a local farmer in nearby Broadway, Virginia, for the sheep during gestation and lambing.  Unfortunately, alfalfa does not grow well at these higher elevations in our poorer high shale soils. 






Wild 'n' Woolly Farm Critters!

I'll be adding more photos later this month of the sheep, horse "Dog", donkey "Eoyore", 
wren "Wrendy" and tree frog "Froggie" that have made our home theirs as well................ 


Sheep and Cattle are pastured all year and supplemented with hay during the winter months.  


Ewes are fed grain for the 6-weeks prior to lambing and 6-8 weeks of lactation when the grass is just peeking through the ground


Lambing and calving are scheduled for early March.  Lambs and calves then grow to coincide with grass growth and are able to graze nutrient-rich, brilliant early grasses in mid-April, early May.  


Herbal, homeopathic, and essential oil therapies and 'organic' methods are used in treating all injuries and illnesses.*  


    *Vaccines and conventional antibiotic therapies are ONLY used if and when

     situations dictate "no stone unturned"!  


"Flame-RedDog One-Horse" and "Tinkerbell-Eoyore" help with predator control and simply provide entertainment and joy during walkabout-rides.