Herdwick lambs are born black, occasionally marbled fleece, but not as much as our lambs were this year. But then again, they aren't pure Herdwick yet. In the photos above, you can see our lambs have exhibited, for the most part - and one ideally, the unique color change which occurs during the first year. In the photos at top, left to right, are Harlequin and Haylie with Mom Adelaide at about 2 months old. In the center top is Haylie a month or so later, and on the photo at right is Haylie again at about 5 months +, with her face nearly white. The most complete and Herdwick-like change however, occurred with our Hershey, on the botton left shown at about a week old. She was born chocolate colored with a mousy grey face and special-dark chocolate legs. In the photo at bottom right, on a rainy day, she is seen at about 5 months, in the middle with the striking white face and legs indicative of a Herdwick.
Erin Bradt, 6th+ generation farmer, is co-owner with husband Ray and manager here at Helder~Herdwyck Farm. Located in the Helderberg Mountains of upstate New York, Erin also owned and managed The Wren's Nest, a fiber arts supply business she opened in 2002. Selling a variety of fiber arts equipment and supplies, it is being phased into the Farm business. Erin teaches frame loom weaving and punch-needle rug making, as well as spinning. A 2013 graduate of Holistic Management International's Beginning Women Farmers class and 2014 Annie's Project class, Erin oversees the holistic management and sustainable practices of her family farm. Her fondest endeavor is continuing the introduction of Herdwick sheep to the America's. A valuable breed to the future of agriculture.