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.

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... 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... 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

Lambing Continues

We are still lambing. So far only 8 ewes have lambed and we have 10 live lambs. We did lose a ewe and her twins to a really bad dystocia but those are the only losses we’ve had so far. Our AI girls are looking like they will pop if they move too fast. We are... read more