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  • Coopworth Breeding Stock
  • Handspinning Fleeces, Roving, Washed Locks and Yarn
  • Locker Hooking Supplies
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    about us

    spring Located in the Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia, we have a small, select flock of registered natural colored and white Coopworth sheep, and Coopworth/Bluefaced Leicester crosses.
    We specialize in hardy, easy-care sheep with beautiful, prizewinning handspinning fleeces.

    Clean, well skirted fleeces, roving, washed, undyed and dyed locks for Santa Beards and felting, locker hooking supplies and healthy breeding stock for sale.

    We have been raising sheep for over 30 years. After trying several breeds, we discovered Coopworths. We found the Coopworths to be calm, excellent mothers, earlier maturing, more fertile and hardier than some of the other breeds we had raised.

    We select sheep for soft, lustrous fleece, fertility, excellent mothering traits, structural soundness, good lamb growth on pasture, and resistance to disease and parasites. We have utilized New Zealand AI genetics in our flock, along with the best domestic Coopworths available.

    white Coopworth ewe & triplets

    Because we are serious about the Coopworth emphasis on production we use production records to help discern the sheep with the traits that we feel are important in our flock; fleece weight and quality, easy care ewes with strong maternal instincts, structural soundness, and lamb weight gains on pasture. We strive to make each generation of Deer Run Coopworths better than the last. We have the records, and will gladly show them to you, and assist you in recording the profitable traits in your flock!

    We guarantee the health and fertility of our sheep. We are enrolled in the Voluntary Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program and our flock has tested negative for OPP.

    MD Sheep and Wool Fest At left, Martha with ribbons for first and second place Coopworth fleece at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!

    Coopworth in full fleece If you are interested in easy-care, efficient, productive sheep, please consider Deer Run Coopworths!


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    The Coopworth Breed

    black Coopworth ewe, Aida Coopworth sheep are a medium sized, dual purpose, longwool breed, with an alert but quiet disposition, The Coopworth breed of sheep was developed at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand by Professor Ian Coop and colleague Vern Clark during the 1950s and 1960s by crossing Border Leicester rams and Romney ewes, and the best of the resulting progeny were interbred over many years. The purpose was to create a highly prolific and easily managed sheep that would excel in the production of both meat and wool for commercial use. The Coopworth is now New Zealandís second most numerous breed.

    Coopworths continue to be selected for productivity and easy care characteristics. Difficult births are of low incidence and ewes have very strong mothering instincts, seldom leaving their lambs after birth. Multiple births are most common and the Coopworth ewe will provide an abundance of milk. Their lambs grow well with the addition of grass, making this breed ideal for low-input, pasture-based systems. Rams are virile and settle the ewes quickly.


    blue ewe

    See our Coopworth History and Breed Information Page for more information on the breed, and an article on Coopworth Color Genetics by Dr. D. P. Sponenberg.

    This is a photo of a "blue" Coopworth ewe. Read more about color genetics in sheep on our Coopworth History and Breed Information page, navigation bar on left.


    Sheep Management Information
    Karakachan pup

    Because raising healthy, productive sheep requires a knowledge of feeding and management, along with intelligent selection, we have compiled our Sheep Care and Management Articles Page, with articles on feeding, lambing, record keeping, guardian Llamas, The Puppy Diaries our experiences with our new Karakachan Livestock Guardian Dog pup, and our Sheep Links Page -links to many informative sites on the internet.

     
    Fiber Arts Information

    locker hooked rug Our love of the Fiberarts was one of the reasons we selected the Coopworth Breed. Our Fiberarts Articles and Fiber Links Pages contain information on Spinning, Dyeing, Felting, Knitting, and Locker Hooking. We are active in our local guild- The Fiber Guild of the Allegheny Highlands and invite you to contact us for more info. We also sell supplies for Locker Hooking.
    At right, a Locker Hooked "cat rug" made by Martha.


    A Few Final Thoughts

    If you are a West Virginia Sheep or Goat raiser, we invite you to join The West Virginia Shepherds Federation. The WVSF promotes, preserves, and speaks for the sheep, goat and fiber industries in the state of West Virginia.


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    black Coopworth ewe & triplet lambs
    Jim and Martha Behneman McGrath
    178 Lough Rd.
    Franklin, WV, 26807
    304-358-2239
    info@DeerRunSheepFarm.com