The Breed

The Polypay sheep breed is relatively young. It was developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the United States. "Poly" speaks to its lineage as the breed was developed from four other sheep breeds: Finsheep, Dorsets, Targhees and Rambouillets. Polypay sheep are a well-rounded breed as they both produce quality wool and quality lamb. 

Our Sourcing Story

In January of 2020, Bryan and Beverly started the search for Polypay sheep in Canada. They started with wool growers' associations and stumbled across an article profiling a Polypay breeder who had won an award in Manitoba for his sheep's fibre. The article was about John Balderson of John Balderson Farms, located in Magrath, Alberta. It turned out that John was involved in the development of the Polypay breed and was the first farmer to import them to Canada. John had retired and sold his heard to Michael Buck of Young Buck Farms, located west of Edmonton, Alberta. A phone call to Michael connected us with the farm we would source our sheep from. The original plan was to travel out to Edmonton in May 2020 to personally select the sheep as it was important that any stock we acquired was directly from John Balderson's original herd, however, COVID-19 resulted in the trip being cancelled. Instead, the selected animals were discussed by email and phone, and once the list was finalized, the sheep were ready for transport.

Our Flock

On Sept. 12, 2020, 2 rams and 40 ewes arrived on the farm. It has been interesting to watch them acclimate to their surroundings. While sheep are known for their flocking behaviour, this group has a noticeably strong herding instinct which is characteristic of the breed. It makes them well-suited to being raised on our pastures and means that the leadership of one or two sheep can often help you influence the direction of the group. Every day they become more comfortable with their regular shephard, Bryan, who checks on them multiple times a day.