Important shearing info on wool page
our "friends" page for photos of our participation in a local "Journey through Bethlehem" - it was an
amazing 45-minute "you are there" experience.
"Be shepherds of God's flock"
.......1 Peter 5:2
Welcome to Shepherd's Croft Farm in beautiful
Bucks County, Pennsylvania,
where we produce
fine sheep and outstanding spinning fleeces.
are breeders of American Miniature Cheviot sheep
We sell lambs, raw wool, roving, and wool products.
Toni and Pete Kellers,
At The Croft our foundation flock
consists of registered American Miniature Cheviots, both dilute black and white. These wonderful little sheep have excellent
fleeces for hand-spinners. Dilute Black is our term for the colored mini Cheviots that we breed. Their wool appears to be
a heathery grey when carded, but it is actually a combination of white and black fibers. In photos it may look somewhat light
brown, but that is sun-bleaching and does not affect the carded color. We have occasionally dyed the white fleeces, with excellent
results. But recently Toni experimented with dying the dilute black and the color was fabulous! The white fibers picked up
the dye and the black fibers toned it down to a luscious jewel tone! What a delightful surprise!
I am pleased to announce that we have joined forces
with Morning Glory Farm, whose shepherd, David Allen, has been a valued neighbor for many years. David has worked with us
while his flock was located at a nearby farm. He worked with us in the very beginning when we had to measure and photograph
our sheep to register them in the new American Miniature Cheviot registry that was being formed. He is the one who discovered
our first ram (Petite) up in the Pennsylvania Mountains and brought him down to be the sire of our first registered AMCs.
My nick-name for him is Dr. Doolittle, as he is so wonderful in handling his sheep. My present two breeding rams are from
his flock. This fall he made the decision to move to our property with his four best breeding ewes and two rams. It is a win-win
situation for me, as I now have another pair of hands to take care of our flocks and he is very experienced and helpful. We
will keep our separate farm names, but as in the past, we may shift animals, particularly rams back and forth. This widens
our genetic base - always a good idea when breeding animals. Welcome David! His four ewes wil be lambing sooner than my 3
- sometime in February. But the mommies are all in the same field close to the house so we can keep a close eye on them.