Madrone Coast Farm
Sheep Ranch, CA
Article on the Fibershed blog: A History of Sheep Ranching at Madrone Coast Farm
We believe in the conservation and promotion of endangered livestock breeds. Our conservation efforts include the preservation of the Oberhasli dairy goats, Large Black Hogs, Welsh Harlequin Ducks, and Olde English Babydoll sheep. Many traditional livestock breeds have lost popularity and are threatened with extinction. These traditional breeds are an essential part of the American agricultural inheritance. Not only do they evoke our past, they are also an important resource for our future.
We breed for correct confirmation, mothering ability, ease of lambing, and good temperaments, with a primary focus on maintaining the Mock Registry breed standards in order to preserve the bloodline integrity and the continued existence of this ancient breed. Secondarily, we breed for disease and worm resistance, although Babydoll Southdowns are known for being overall disease resistant, we feel that maintaining a strong disease and worm resistance flock is one of the main tools to ensuring longevity of our bloodlines.
Photo Credit: Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss