The sheep are an integral part of Southbrook Vineyards' biodynamic practices. Since 2008 they have grazed the vineyard fertilizing and promoting biodiversity as they go.
Our unique flock of sheep is comprised of Rambouillet x Finnsheep ewes, and our ew flock of purebred Rambouillet. Our ewes (mothers) are selected for thriftiness, good mothering ability, and high wool quality. They are bred with an Ile de France ram selected for excellent meat quality. This mix ensures a healthy, and delicious lamb that thrives on pasture alone.
What sets our sheep apart from most flocks is their naturally short tails and high quality wool. Having a short tail eliminates the need for tail docking (amputation), a painful but common practice in sheep farming. Wool is like a miracle fibre - carbon-sequestering, completely renewable, compostable, anti-microbial, water-repelling, insulating, fire-resistant, and most importantly, soft enough to wear next to your skin!
The sheep are grazed around the vineyard and hay fields from April through December giving constant access to nutritious pasture. In winter they are fed hay from our fields.