High Percentage East Friesian sheep crossed with awassi and lacaune
The dairy flock consists of less than 20 ewes with East Friesian genetics and the addition of Lacaune, Awassi, Polypay, Katahdin, and a few others. There are no "pure" dairy breeds in the USA. Our milksheep graze pasture and are fed whole grains on the milk stand. They provide a minimum of 1/2 gallon a day and lactate for at least 6 months. These sheep are selected for conversion on forage with an emphasis on parasite resistance. From our top performing sheep, we are selecting for good udder structure, low-maintenance hooves, and scrapie resistant genotypes at codon 171. All sheep are tested annually for infectious disease and we practice biosecurity.
Autumn Earth Acres is also home to a tiny herd of Mini Jersey cattle! These small framed milk cows are gentle, hardy, and make excellent homestead milkers. We have a couple of calves every year and offer them for sale on occasion. Steer calves make great pets, or can be raised for beef. Calves are halter broke at weaning time. All mature cows are tested for BVD, Johne's, and BLV, and we practice biosecurity.