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.

Sorting Sheep

Sorting Sheep

Just finished the ewe evaluations for the fall. I’ve updated the sales list to show the dozen yearling we are offering as breeding stock. We are keeping 52 breeding ewes and these yearlings are some great breeding sheep. They are all double registered in the US...

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RIP John Ellenby

RIP John Ellenby

We have heard that our good friend, John Ellenby has passed on. One of the companies he founded was Agilis. This picture has been on our wall for years. And in the archives of old hardware we have these, a Compass and a GRiDPad. Here is a good article about John and...

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Getting ready for Winter

Getting ready for Winter

We’ve been scraping manure out of the winter feeding corrals and rebuilding them. We hadn’t done a full teardown and rebuild in several years so it was time. Everything is now up and ready for...

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