Romeldales and CVM Sheep


Crosspatch Creations
Joan and Don Contraman
968 Coal Pit Road
Corvallis, MT 59828

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Crosspatch Creations was established seven years ago to provide the spinning community with the best fiber we could raise and batts and roving in a rainbow of extremely complex and gorgeous blends.  We do most of the manufacturing, including washing dyeing and blending with silks and other exotic fibers here at the ranch.

Our flock is eclectic with Romney, Merino and Corriedale crossbreds, as well as a core purebred flock of Romeldales and CVMs.  Approximately 1/3 of our flock are purebreds.  Crosspatch maintains our adult flock at about 100 head.  We raise a variety of colors and textures in our wool, because handspinners enjoy spinning a variety of different wools.  We do not coat our sheep, as it can get quite hot in the summers and feel our sheep are more comfortable without coats.  However, because of this - we skirt our fleeces very heavily to maintain our high standards.

Several years ago we decided we wanted to help preserve an endangered sheep breed within our flock.  We wanted a sheep that was large enough in size to be a good dual purpose sheep - both good for meat and wool.  Because my main focus in spinning and weaving is clothing, we wanted a sheep that produced a wool that was fine enough to be considered a next to the skin kind of wool.  After some searching, we decided to raise Romeldale/CVMs.

Catherine a white Romeldale


 


Romeldale/CVM sheep are one of the rarest breeds in the world.  They are listed with the American Livestock Conservancy as critical - estimating that fewer than 200 purebreds are registered annually and 2,000 globally.  The Romeldale is a true American Breed, developed in 1915 by A. T. Spencer who bred his New Zealand Romney rams to his Rambouillet ewes.  Many years of selected breeding brought about this new breed, the Romeldale.

There is much confusion about this breed.  The breed is Romeldale - with CVM being a color pattern of the Romeldale.  All CVMs are Romeldales, but not all Romeldales are CVMs.  Genetically, they are the same - the only difference is the color pattern.  If a purebred lamb is born either solid color or with spots - it is a Romeldale.  If a purebred lamb is born with a badger pattern (stripes from the muzzle to the eye and dark legs and underbelly.  CVMs might also have spots, but they must have this badger pattern as well), they are a CVM.

Romeldales come in a variety of colors.  They can be white.  Natural Colored Romeldales come in a variety of colors including: black, gray, brown and moorit.  Natural color Romeldales can be solid, reverse badger and can have spots (which are particularly prevalent on their faces).   CVMs also come in a variety of colors including: dark gray, gray, black, brown and moorit.  CVMs generally do not fade, but darken from birth to their first year.

We are a member of the American Romeldale/CVM Association and dual register our sheep with this Association and Linda Pheiffer.  Please contact us for an American Romeldale/CVM Association breeders list and a informational brochure.  We will be happy to answer any
about our flock, Romeldale sheep and Crosspatch Creations products.
 
 
 
 

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