After 30 years away from raising sheep I came back with my first choice breed. Merino. I wanted the top of the wool market and I wanted to be different by raising colored ones. Carol , my wife, has quickly learned to be a great partner in this joint project. When I raised sheep back in the 80's there were no black sheep. I think my mom kind of considered me one. We raise only colored purebred merinos with the finest wool traits we can find. Our Merinos have a strong proportion of AU and NZ genetics for improved traits. We are doing this in project mode, capping our flock at the 25 best. They compete for those spots. We are very honored to say our flock recently won the prestigious Black Sheep Cup this July at Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR for the 5 Best Handspinning Fleeces. We also had Grand Champion for the 2nd year in a row and reserve Champion Colored Fleece.
Our flock is designed and managed with the fiber arts community as our target. There are differences in how we manage from commercial. We design our feed plan with the handspinner in mind. We jacket all our sheep, 365 days per year. They are pasture raised but they get attention under a close eye. We test our fiber at the Wool Lab annually to know what we producing. We also are doing this in Montana with the big sky all summer adding luster to our wool. We sell raw fleeces, yarn and roving. We also sell breeders. When we sell a product to you we want you as a customer for a long time, not just this sale. We hope our quality and a fair price bring you in and keep you coming back. Steitzhof Merinos, John & Carol Steitz, Whitefish, Montana. www.steitzhof.com