We are a small farm in Northern Indiana. Often times farm names are important to the owners or related to what they do. In our case, we live on property that had been a fruit orchard. The orchard was destroyed by the Palm Sunday Tornado of 1965. Much of the property is still family owned, but only a few fruit trees remain.
Romeldale/ CVM Sheep have been recently moved from the critically endangered list to threatened by the American Livestock Conservancy of North America. The fleece is a favorite among handspinners and is described as "next to the skin soft". We consider our sheep to be "easy keepers". To us that means they are resilient, a good size for handling, and have a great temperament. Each has their own personality.
The California Variegated Mutant originated in the United States as a colored variant of the Romeldale. All CVM's are Romeldales, but not all Romeldales are CVM's. We refer to our white ones as Romeldales and the colored ones as CVM's.
We had the first place Romeldale/CVM fleece at the 2015 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival!
Hooray for Lucky! WE DID IT AGAIN in 2016! Yippee for Olive! Best in Show for Tango in 2017 and Moonflower in 2018 at Hoosier Hills Fiber Fest
We decided to "try" a few sheep. At the time we hadn't even heard of CVM's. We bought a couple of unusual colored lambs. They were a CVM cross. They were the right size, the right temperament, and easy keepers. They love grass. They love simple hay. We did a little more research and found breeders.
I cannot say enough good things about this breed.
Interesting colors, beautiful fleece, resilient to drought, floods, extreme changes in temperatures (Indiana), lamb easily, good mothers, and easy to handle.