Dorset Sheep

Dorsets arrived in the 1860’s from England, and today they are one of the most popular sheep breeds in the United States. Our Dorsets are polled, hornless, an outgrowth of a gene mutation that happened at the North Carolina State University in the early 1950’s. Their fleece is of medium weight and wears well. Our sheep are sheared once a year in the mid- to late spring after there is no chance of freezing weather. Dorsets are bred for their meat and are judged for their breed character, musculature and structural correctness.

We have been seriously showing them at county and state fairs since our Farm Manager, Annette Lovell, joined the farm in 1995. Hollystone has won many prestigious awards, with 2002 being our best year and our homegrown “10x Sugar” was named Champion Ewe at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Annette graduated from Penn State in 1992 with a degree in Animal Science. Her husbandry has doubled the size of our flock. The show sheep are larger in size than most production oriented sheep. We have participated in the Pennsylvania Ram test for quite a few years and have topped the Dorset Fall Lamb Division many times. Pennsylvania Ram Test is a testing facility of rams for rate of gain, feed efficiency, loin eye area and back fat. At the end of the testing period the rams are ranked on how well they tested and then sold as stud rams to be used for breeding. Hollystone Farm Dorsets are registered with the Continental Dorset Club.

Our Dorsets commonly have twins but sometimes they have triplets so during lambing season the barn has a few “bottle babies”. They are a joy to feed for the young and young at heart. We have naturally cycling fall and spring lambs, to hit the Christmas and Easter Market, and therefore, we divide the flock for convenience. We feed our sheep grain and good hay, but weather allowing, they graze in our pastures most of the year.

Throughout the year we have photographers and painters come, especially from the Wayne Art Center. Twice a year, Giovanni Casadie brings his Plein Air classes and we enjoy seeing the many easels dotting our pastures. 4H children come to learn how to judge sheep conformation, and students from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School come to learn various medical procedures like ultra sound, immunization and hoof trimming. We love to share the beauty of Hollystone Farm with visitors but request you come by appointment. This is a working farm.

You can also visit us at local events like Kimberton, Goshen and York Fairs, and at more major shows including New Jersey State Fair, Maryland State Fair, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, KILE and our state show, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, held in January.

 

 

First Place Awards

2010
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Champion Ram – 1st
Premier Exhibitor Medium white wool division- 1st
New Jersey State Fair
Champ. & Reserve Champion Ewe – 1st
Champion Ram – 1st
York Fair, PA
Reserve Ram – 1st
Champion Ewe – 1st

2009
Pennsylvania Farm Show
Premier Breeder – 1st
Reserve Champion Ram – 1st
Yearling Ram – 1st

2008
Keystone International Livestock exposition (KILE)
Ram, Early Spring – 1st
Pennsylvania Farm Show
Premier Breeder – 1st