In September of last year, (2014), our flock became the very first Herdwick bred sheep to be registered in the United States. We have waited until now to make our exciting announcement for two reasons - first, to work out the details of lineage in the flock, with proper percentages of genetics represented, as there are NO purebred Herdwick sheep in North America; secondly, on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, we will be artificially inseminating two of our ewes who exhibit the best Herdwick traits. We will be using 2 of the last 4 straws of purebred Herdwick semen in the U.S. that was imported in 2007-2008. The potential (hopeful) resulting lambs will be 84% Herdwick!! We are very excited, and very nervous. We dream of the day when we will no longer need to artificially inseminate, and there will be purebred Herdwick rams aplenty to choose from. As it is no semen has been imported since the mid-2000's, and we badly need to do so.
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.