Fairfield Finns farm is a 50 minute drive from Melbourne via the Calder highway, Bullengarook is situated in the beautiful Macedon Ranges.
Visitors are always welcome to our Finn sheep farm to purchase from the wool shop or buy fleece straight from the shearing shed.
We also cater for groups with a farm tour and country morning tea or lunch, bookings essential.
Now that restrictions are lifted visitors are again welcome to our farm. Our shearing has been completed and because we had a really good season weather wise, the fleeces are particularly beautiful this year.
I am sorting in the shed and will put some of the new fleece in the store soon. Due to rising costs of processing you may notice that our prices for yarn and tops have risen for the first time in several years.
We are to be featured on Landline early this year. Look out for us!!
This fleece is an unusual grey with pale tips. When flicked it is almost brown! It is a nice fleece which is soft and long. Staple length is 17 cms when flicked.
Fairfield Finns is an ethically run family farm at Bullengarook in Victoria’s beautiful Macedon Ranges. We breed our Finns for their exquisite, soft wool, their calm temperament and their clean breech and short tails. Our sheep are never mulesed and tail docking is unnecessary.
Finns are multiple lambing, rare, heritage breed sheep that can have up to 7 lambs in one birthing. Our highest is Quintuplets, but there have been septuplets born in Australia. Our farm is a delight in spring time with many sets of triplets flourishing in the paddocks, and we usually have some bottle fed lambs also.
We believe the friendly temperament of the Finns is inherent from being in sheds for most of the year in Finland. We have bred up black Finns from Bond Corriedales over many, many years and believe these are the only Pure bred black Finns in Australia.
Finns have recently been added to the Rare Breeds Registry and have been classed as critical in Australia because of such low numbers.
If you would like to try Finns we do have limited numbers of sheep at $900 per animal. We are selective in where the animals are placed. Semen is sold for $50 per straw.
The wool is unique in its very low prickle factor – you can wear it against your skin. In Finland it is worn as underwear throughout the winter.
Our yarn is 100% Australian. Grown here at Bullengarook, scoured at Geelong and processed at Bacchus Marsh, then spun at Wangaratta. This is some of the only Pure Finn Yarn available in Australia.
Have a look at our shop. We sell raw fleece and tops for spinning and felting, and of course our beautiful yarn.
Maureen & Gerry Shepherd
We have a wonderful historic shearing shed on our property and our name is Shepherd – how could we not have sheep!
We have been breeding Finnsheep now for 27 years. It has been a steep learning curve but our management of our Finns has improved over the years and we can always look forward to lambing percentages of well over 200%.
After visiting Finland in 2004 we were keen to try to breed the first coloured Finns in Australia. Import of semen from Finland is almost impossible now so we have bred up from coloured Bond Corriedale sheep. Breeding for colour has also been interesting but now we have some very nice black and grey Finns.
As a passionate spinner and knitter myself I am very proud of our products and offer a 100% money back or exchange guarantee if for some reason you are not happy with your purchase.
These have been very trying times for all of us. We are extremely fortunate in that we have a beautiful property and lots of sheep to keep us busy. We hope to hold an open farm day in March. and visitors are now welcome to our farm. We appreciate all those who have supported us and purchased through our online store which has taken me ages to set up.
We do hope you all stay well and look forward to catching up again.
Please call ahead to make a booking.
1275 Bacchus Marsh Road,Bullengarook, Victoria 3437