Article on the Blog Barinaga Ranch – Inspired by Ancestral Traditions
At Barinaga Ranch, my husband, Corey Goodman, and I continue the ancient shepherding traditions of my Basque family and ancestors. Our very friendly flock of sheep graze year-round on over 100 acres of hilly, certified-organic pastures overlooking Tomales Bay in Marin County. Thanks to our dedicated Great Pyrenees dogs, we have never lost a ewe or lamb to predators. In 2018 we began to transition our flock from East Friesian dairy sheep to fiber sheep. We are currently raising pure registered recessive-colored Romneys and both black and white Corriedale sheep, as well as a small number of high-percentage East Friesians and crosses produced by breeding our Romney and Corriedale rams to our East Friesian ewes. We are currently offering a full line of natural-colored yarns from our Corriedale and Romney sheep, ranging from fine fingering yarn from the Corriedales up to worsted-weight yarns in both plied and Lopi styles. We also have raw fleeces from the colored Romneys, which are a lovely blend of greys, and from the black and white Corriedales, as well as East Friesian fleeces in a natural white, natural brown, and grey. We also have some sport-weight natural-white and natural-brown yarn from the East Friesians, lambskin rugs, and pasture-raised lamb, which we sell as whole lambs only, cut and wrapped for your freezer.
See our web site for details about how to buy our products. Clients seeking breeding stock or a special fleece or lambskin are invited to make an appointment to come to visit the ranch.
Photo Credit: Paige Green, bottom right: Barinaga Ranch