At Desert Weyr we develop and implement sustainable systems to conserve the rare and endangered animals that provide so much for us. Our primary goals are the conservation of genetic resources and promotion of sustainable agriculture systems.

We are focused on the conservation of Black Welsh Mountain sheep and maintaining the existing genetic diversity within North America.

Our Philosophy Our small family farm produces animal products in a humane and environmentally friendly way. We provide our food and fiber animals with a healthy life and a quick humane death. We manage our pastures in a sustainable fashion designed to improve soil fertility and the farm environment.

IMG_6578_medBlack Welsh Mountain Sheep are an old British breed noted for both meat and wool production. They are small and easy to handle. In the UK Welsh Mountain sheep are noted for providing the best tasting mutton. We cannot ship meat but it is available at our farm store and in Paonia at Lizzy’s Market. Try some tasty Black Welsh Mutton at your next special event. 

The fleece is a dark black or reddish black called cuchddu. Check out our shop for raw fleeces, washed and carded roving, spun yarn and sturdy hiking socks.

Sheep manure is a wonderful fertilizer and we offer it for sale to local gardeners by reservation. We also save and prepare the horns from the rams for crooks, buttons and knife handles.

It is our responsibility to use as much of the animal as we can and we take our responsibility seriously.

Come visit and see our wonderful sheep.

Chicken Butcher Day

Chicken Butcher Day

This past Saturday was chicken butcher day. We rent a trailer and hire additional help to process all of our birds. It went very well. After scalding the chickens are plucked. Then into the inside for gutting and chilling and finally packaging. We were a host farm for another person who had abut 25 to do. Just over 100 chickens processed in 7 hours. Our chicken meat for the year plus for our... read more
New Chicken Feeders

New Chicken Feeders

We’ve been looking for a way to put food and oyster shell in for the chickens in the chicken tractor. Our existing standard round feeders don’t work well and dishes waste a lot of feed as the chickens scratch it out. I looked at a number of on-line DIY PVC pipe feeders and decided to try the simplest version. The materials consist of a piece of 3 inch PVC pipe, one 3 inch Y fitting and two 3 inch end caps. Cost for all the materials at Hope Depot was $21.00 including tax. Just cut a small piece to serve as the joint for the bottom cap and the Y fitting. We didn’t’ glue anything so that it’s easier to take apart for cleaning. It’s working well for adult chickens, not sure it would work for smaller ones as they can’t reach the feeder... read more
Guests Visiting, Sheep and Chickens Summer Days

Guests Visiting, Sheep and Chickens Summer Days

We’ve had a lovely visit with our friend Alan. He’s a much better photographer than I am so I’ve included a few of his shots here.   flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license Moving sheep flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license I love this one. flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license The ones left behind, pesky sheep! flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license Last lamb, finally caught! flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license This little guy is having fun trotting around to find the best new grass. flickr photo shared by cogdogblog under a Creative Commons ( BY )... read more
Moving Sheep

Moving Sheep

We are well into the movement of sheep to manage the grazing. Currently we are running 4 separate groups of sheep, ewes with lambs, pregnant ewes, yearling ewes and all the rams. The yearlings are being used as lawnmowers all around the house. Pregnant ewes are being moved back behind the house so they are close at hand for the lambing. Only 5 to go but looks like only 1 ewe is actually pregnant. Ewes with lambs are currently at the top of the orchard, they will be combined with the yearlings as soon as lawnmower duties are finished. Rams are all in a bunch down in the far front pear orchard pasture. They will end up being on hay when we run out of grass as we don’t have that many places that have ram suitable... read more
Meat Chickens

Meat Chickens

Every year we raise one batch of meat chickens for our use and for a few select customers who order birds in advance. This year is no exception. We get just hatched Label Rouge birds from a local hatchery. They are installed in our chicken barn and doing... read more