From our Local Family Farm to you, our heritage breed Santa Cruz Sheep and Belted Galloway Cattle are both unique and chosen intentionally.
SANTA CRUZ SHEEP
Santa Cruz sheep are named for Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of California, and are on the “critical” list of endangered species by The Livestock Conservancy. Our farm is committed to help in the recovery of this rare breed and is looking for other farmers who are interested in starting a Santa Cruz herd of their own. We are also looking to work with fiber shops and spinners who would like to try Santa Cruz fiber. Little Flower Farm has been highlighted in numerous articles about their rare Santa Cruz sheep.
ABOUT SANTA CRUZ SHEEP
According to the Conservancy website, “Sheep have been on the island for at least 70 years and perhaps as long as 200 years. Local lore suggests that sheep were moved onto the island in the early 1800s”. In 1978 The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Park Service began to eradicate the island sheep. Fortunately The Livestock Conservancy convinced TNC of the importance of the free-ranging sheep, and the two organizations agreed to cooperate in a rescue effort to conserve a portion of the population. Little Flower Farm has been highlighted in numerous articles about our rare Santa Cruz sheep.
Little Flower Farm is a member of the Livestock Conservancy . We're also participants in the Shave Em' to Save Em' program. Click shop to purchase.n
100% grass-fed BELTED GALLOWAY CATTLE
Belted Galloway cattle are on the “recovering” list of the Livestock Conservancy website and originated in the rugged hill country of southwestern Scotland. Currently our farm breeds Black, Dunn, and Red color Belties. The Belted Galloway is well adapted to cold and rugged climates and has performed well for us here in central Pennsylvania. Beltie beef is of high quality. We also cross-bred our Belite bull and a few black angus cows and have been very happy with the results. Our operation is 100% grass-fed cattle.
ABOUT BELTIE CATTLE
Our Belted Galloway Cattle grow a shaggy hair coat in the winter and then shed their coats in the summer. Most Galloway cattle are black, but several other colors are also found in the breed. Belties are medium in size, with cows weighing about 1,000 pounds and bulls about 1,600 pounds. We have noticed that our Mamma Cows show strong maternal instinct and have been good mothers.