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Welcome to Two Moon Farms
If you’re looking for high quality purebred Finnsheep and personal service to match you with the animals and characteristic you desire, you’ve come to the right place. At Two Moon Acres we’ll give you the attention and personal assistance with your sheep you will come to expect and appreciate. We offer the best in health, color, temperament and mothering ability. Two Moon Acres has been located in Oneida since 2007. Let me put my experience to work for you.
Two of my first Finn lambs. Nova, out of Xenya and Denny, and Crystal, a Finn/Romanov cross. 2012
Once I got my first Finnsheep in 2011, I soon was on the lookout for more. After having had several other breeds and crosses for years, my first 2 years of owning Finns I started selling off all of my other breeds to make room for more Finns. I was hooked. This is the perfect breed for me. I currently have NO sheep on the property that are not purebred Finns. I have to warn you! If you don't already have Finnsheep, this is likely to happen to you!
Finnsheep are a landrace breed. A landrace is a breed which has been developed largely by natural, local processes in order to adapt to the local environment. It is in this way that it differs from a formal breed, which is bred selectively, often by crossing other breeds, to conform to a particular standard or purpose. They were only introduced into North America (Canada) in 1966. Their success as a northern landrace is testament to their ability to adapt to Finland’s harsh climate and available rough forage.
Finnsheep are also often referred to as a Heritage Breed. Heritage animals were bred over time to develop traits that made them particularly well-adapted to local environmental conditions. This also generally includes being somewhat versatile, rather than being bred to focus on particular characteristics only. Breeds used in industrial agriculture are bred to produce lots of milk or eggs, gain weight quickly, or yield particular types of meat within confined facilities. Heritage breeds are generally better adapted to withstand disease and survive in harsh environmental conditions, and their bodies can be better suited to living on pasture.
Finns are particularly known for their multiple births. They regularly have triplets and quadruplets. I specifically select my breeding stock on their mothering ability and having a plentiful milk supply for large litters. Unlile many other breeds, rams are sexually mature at four to eight months and ewes are bred to lamb by 12 months of age.
Finnsheep wool has unmistakable luster and softness in all shades of color. While the fleece is lightweight (5-6 lb. at 12 months growth) it is highly praised by hand spinners as it blends easily with other fibers (often with Alpaca which very few fleeces are suitable for), has a long staple (3-6″), and a wool spinning count in the 50′s (24 to 31 microns).
Two young rams from my 2015 season. Black piebald Mogwai (out of Splash, see ewe page) and brown badgerface Brock (from Sweet Clover Farm in Maine). Brock's lambs will be seen on spring 2016 and Mogwai's in fall 2016.
I am very careful in selecting my breeding stock. And only purchase the highest quality animals from known farms with a history of producing high quality and health tested purebred Finnsheep. Since I keep a comparatively small flock and select what I am breeding carefully, and the temperaments are outstanding, my lambs sell quickly. I only sell registerable animals that I feel are of breeding quality, and do my best to provide an animal that fits the specific characteristics that the new owner is looking for.
I select and breed my animals to represent as many of the breed characteristics as possible. I will list my most important criteria.
Temperament. I want to provide Finn owners with animals that are easy to handle, for people who like to do all flock management themselves, and enjoy sheep for their pet value as well. Finns DO NOT need to be bottle raised to be friendly handle-able pets. Including, and especially, rams.
Mothering ability, milk production, and multiple birth genetics. In a breed know for multiple births, I think mothering ability is very important. I think it is important to produce animals known for multiple births to select for their ability to produce enough milk for multiple lambs, and ewes who have strong mothering instinct. I do not retain breeding stock who do not have these qualities.
If you are interested in lambs from particular animals due to pedigree color or other specific charecteristics, I am willing to breed those particular animals the following season for you. A non-refundable deposit would be required, and allows you pick of resulting lambs, regardless of sex (no guarantees on sex or colors, for special breeding).
Deposits made for particular sex or color, regardless of breeding, will be refunded if it is not produced.
If you are interested in lambs before weaning, a deposit will hold. If the animal you are purchasing is a ram for a pet or fiber flock and you want them neutered, they can be done before they leave but must be paid for in full, no refund. They are generally held at least a week after neutering.
Photo by Pine Tree Imagery
Many of the beautiful photos I post are taken by Paige Lamb of Pine Tree Imagery, and Gabby Morrison of G. Louise Imagery.