Sugar Maple Merinos is located at historic Brattle Farm in Pittsfield Massachusetts. Built in 1762 by William Brattle Jr., the red, three story garrison style colonial was owned by descendants of the family up to recently when we purchased the property in 2007. The Brattle house is the oldest house in Pittsfield.
On our beautiful 17 acres of pasture land we are raising natural colored merino sheep. In addition, with our 2 1/2 year old grandson, we have recently begun to build a small flock of Baby Doll Southdown sheep.
Our sheep are covered year round to provide very clean, soft fleeces. The fleece colors include white, grey, black, and moorit. Our breeding program is based on an emphasis of producing soft fleeces with a variety of colors for the hand spinning market.
To the left is Amy, a silver Natural Colored Merino who performed nicely in our Adult and Child lead line class at the 2007 Mass Sheep and Wool Show.
Our sheep and fleeces have won numerous awards including Grand Champion Fleece for three consecutive years from 2006 – 2008 at the Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival. Sugar Maple Spot, shown to the right with Shannon Ray a member of our 4-H club and owner of “Spotty” after winning at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, retired from the show circuit having won numerous champion ram and champion fleece awards at Northeast Youth Show, Mass Sheep and Wool Festival and New York Sheep and Wool Festival.