Farm carefully breeds quality Romneys and select
Romney-cross sheep. These pampered animals produce exquisite
natural-colored and white handspinning fleeces that are
lustrous, clean, extra soft, and a joy to spin. (Visit the
Handspinning Fleeces pages to learn more about
Update: Beginning in 2006 I added beef steers and then feeder pigs to the operation, caring for them
iusing the same management practices and attention to detail that the sheep were receiving. In 2013 I retired
the sheep portion of the businees and
greatly expanded the grassfed beef and pastured pig operations.
personal goal: Try to care for these gentle
creatures and the land itself with
wisdom, intelligence and
goal for SkyLines Farm sheep: Carefully breed and nurture
happy, healthy, strong sheep, growing premium
handspinning fleeces that are "full of life."
(Update: We no longer coat any of our
we do it
Avoiding the use of chemicals whenever possible is a guiding
principle at SkyLines Farm - in raising the sheep, in
growing their hay, in tending my personal gardens, and in
caring for the land in general. Nature's miracle herb garlic
figures heavily in the sheep management plan, and many of
the sheep have even come to like it!
Intensive rotational grazing is a major factor in
eliminating the use of chemicals. The sheep graze pastures
intensively for short periods of time, and then they are
moved to fresh grass, leaving the former pasture free to
rest and regrow. Portable electric fencing has made this
possible. (The Management Practices pages provide
more detail on these and other management
I've been raising sheep this way since 1992, and the result
is a family of contented sheep that lamb easily, have
virtually no health problems, and grow fleeces that are
"full of life."
A team of Great Pyrenees dogs and a donkey named
Peaches do a wonderful job of protecting the sheep
from coyotes and other predators.
Visit the Management Practices pages to
learn more about the predator issue and the gentle
guardians who watch over SkyLines sheep.
Right, the Great
Pyrenees dogs King and young Emily love guarding
their sheep, but they keep a close eye on each
Farm is located in remote northern Idaho, 30 miles from the
small town of Moscow, which is home to the University of
SkyLines Farm's 63 acres
lie about halfway between the rolling wheat country of
eastern Washington - called the Palouse - and the densely
forested mountains of Idaho's St. Joe National Forest. The
farm is a lovely mix of fertile hayfield, lush pastures, and
cool green forestland. The farm's name was inspired by the
remarkable skylines that frame the view from every angle
(combined with my own last name, of course!).
joys of telecommuting
In addition to being head shepherdess of SkyLines Farm, I
also work occasionally as a freelance writer and editor. I'm
very fortunate to be able to telecommute from my farm/home
office, which means I can do my writing work with one eye on
the computer screen and the other on the sheep grazing
outside my office window. Life is good . . .
you for visiting this site, I hope you find it informative,
useful, and maybe even a tiny bit inspiring. Check back
again soon, as I'll continue to add information about
sustainable agriculture practices, wool and wool products,
and the sheep who make it all possible.
Farm 4551 Highway 6 Harvard, ID 83834
Purebred Romney & Romney-Cross