Romeldale / CVM Sheep
Romeldale/CVM sheep came to Cunnington Farms by a very twisted pathway. I had been looking for Cotswold sheep, to replace my ailing and old ewes. I never did find any Cotswolds of color near to our place, but through a friend of a friend, I re-found a breeder I had not seen in many years, and she convinced me that I should get CVM’s, instead of Cotswolds.
I did my homework on these sheep, and everyone agreed they seemed to be good mothers, easy keepers with excellent fleece, and duo purpose as well. I was very pleased that they were on the ALBC’s list of endangered farm animals. I was further pleased that when they came to me as bred yearlings (I, myself, rarely breed yearlings), a few months later the mommas popped out their single lambs with no effort or assistance.
Of all the breeds I have raised, CVM’s were consistants, had the sweetest temperaments and I have never had an aggressive ram, no matter that the circumstances. The raw fleeces and yarn/roving they produce is the first sold product from my farm. CVM’s are a true delight in all their characteristics.
Spinners and knitters love the chocolate/latte fleece of my big CVM ram, and the ewes have variegated shades of gray, black and tan in their fleece, which makes them excellent for natural colored projects.
CVM badger means pale body, dark striped head, dark throat, belly, legs and back end. May be gray, black or brown. Reverse badger means dark body with pale stripes on face, ear edges, throat, with lateral strip. Belly may be dark or light.
Romeldale / CVM sheep are listed on The Livestock Conservancy Priority List, classified as Critical, i.e. “Fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 2,000”.