Goats and Sheep
Lambert came to Burleigh Manor in March of 2020 when he was just four hours old, umbilical cord still attached. He was born a twin but was rejected by his momma. He became our orphan lamb. We bottle fed him every few hours until he was old enough to go into the pasture with the big sheep. Lambert has long, white fleece characteristic of his breed, the Cheviot sheep. Cheviot sheep are a hardy breed of domestic sheep dating back to the early 1300s. Lambert is very loving, outgoing and energetic. He is also friendly to people, sheep and the other farm animals.
Momma Bailey arrived at Burleigh Manor with her ewe lamb, Baby, in March of 2020. She was just three years old. She is a Romney sheep, which is a long-wool breed of sheep, known for their great big fleece. Under her fleece, Bailey has beautiful eyes. She is a protective momma that has an independent streak but is also friendly and likes attention.
Baby arrived at Burleigh Manor with her mother in March of 2020 when she was two years old. She is a Romney sheep, which is a long-wool breed of sheep, known for their great big fleece. Under her fleece she has big, beautiful eyes and a broad nose. She is very friendly and outgoing with both sheep and people.
Marvin and his brother Winston were brought to us by a university student whose assignment was to raise them and their mother as part of an animal science course. After caring for the mother ewe and birthing the twins, the student couldn’t bear the thought of sending them on to slaughter. Instead, she found temporary residence for them at Baugher’s Farm in Carroll County and in October of 2014 both lambs arrived safely at Burleigh Manor. Marvin is a Katahdin sheep which is a short-haired, domestic breed of sheep developed in Maine during the 20th century. Marvin has a friendly personality and likes to take the lead. He has a particular fondness for eating and enjoys relaxing with the other sheep and animals at Burleigh Manor.
Winston and his brother Marvin were brought to us by a university student whose assignment was to raise them and their mother as part of an animal science course. After caring for the mother ewe and birthing the twins, the student couldn’t bear the thought of sending them on to slaughter. Instead, she found temporary residence for them at Baugher’s Farm in Carroll County and in October of 2014 both lambs arrived safely at Burleigh Manor. Winston is a Katahdin sheep which is a short-haired, domestic breed of sheep developed in Maine during the 20th century. He is a laid back sheep who enjoys relaxing and playing with the other sheep and animals at Burleigh Manor.
Spice is a Barbados Blackbelly sheep born on April 8, 2014 at a breeder’s farm. Due to white markings on his feet, he was considered un-registrable and therefore, could not be used for breeding. Instead of sending him to market, the breeder decided to donate the lamb to Burleigh Manor to live out his days. Spice belongs to a breed of sheep that resemble deer because they are “hair sheep” as to “wool sheep”. Spice is very sweet and is strongly bonded to our Tunis sheep, Honey.
Honey came to us in May 2014. He had been purchased from auction by a good Samaritan who wanted to spare the young lamb from slaughter. Unable to keep him, he brought Honey to Burleigh Manor to live out the rest of his days. Honey belongs to one of the oldest breeds of sheep in the US called Tunis. Tunis sheep, like Honey, are characterized by their creamy-colored wool and copper-colored faces and legs. Handsome and sweet, Honey has quickly adapted to being around people. He has bonded with our Siberian husky, Bruno, and our Barbados Blackbelly sheep named Spice.
Mac arrived at Burleigh Manor in February 2013. He is a full-grown, mini Nubian goat, also known as a “Lop-eared goat”. His lop ear still bears the the slaughter tag from the Amish market he was rescued from. Just shy of death’s door, and completely infested with parasites, Mac was rescued just in time. Mac has come a long way from those days and can now be seen vigorously running up and down the playpen with his goat friends. Mac has quite a personality and is very good with people. Mac has a large appetite and likes any snacks that are presented to him!
Alpie was a 3-year-old, large, male Alpine goat when he was surrendered to Burleigh Manor with his companion, Faint in 2012. As a very young goat, Alpie belonged to a traveling group of animals that visited local school children. It is unclear exactly how long he belonged to the traveling group, but likely for less than one year. He was later adopted by a family and then surrendered to us when they could no longer care for him. Alpie is very friendly but is definitely the “alpha” goat. This becomes especially apparent at feeding time. He is very curious and social and likes to be in the middle of any projects taking place on the farm. He also likes to peek in windows to see what is going on inside the house, probably in the hopes that he will be given a treat. He is a big fan of Ritz crackers and spiced wafer cookies.
Faint was a 3-year old, male fainting goat that was surrendered to Burleigh Manor in 2012 with his pal, Alpie, when their owner could no longer care for them. He belongs to a domestic breed of goat whose muscles freeze up when startled. These painless “spells” cause Faint to fall over and appear as if he’s passing out. An interesting factoid is that fainting goats were originally bred to protect sheep. With a fainting goat in the flock, if coyotes or dogs threaten the sheep, the goat will collapse, distract the predator, and provide an easy meal while the sheep escape. Fortunately for Faint, he is safe from predators inside of our sanctuary and is rarely exposed to anything startling that would make him pass out. Faint enjoys hanging out with the other goats and chickens and snacking on his favorite treats…Ritz crackers and Cheerios.
Franklin arrived at Burleigh Manor in the spring of 2018 after being weaned at three months old. Franklin was born as part of a local university’s agriculture program where students care for the mother ewe and lamb as part of a class. Once the lambs are weaned, they are typically sent to market. The student who raised Franklin didn’t want that to be his fate so she contacted us. Franklin is an adorable, spotted Katadhin sheep who is full of personality! He is a little escape artist and loves to slip through the fence for the green grass on the other side.
Your $20/month or $240 a year donation will supply the following for a month:
Sheep or Goat Feed and Snacks
12 Bails of Hay/Straw
Annual Veterinary Check-Up
Quarterly farrier service