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Up for sale is our entire flock of Karakul Sheep. We have two distinct sets of genetics, both passed to us from the Donovan flock in Virginia. We no longer have the manpower on our farm to care for these lovely animals, and these two lines need to be preserved by another Karakul farm somewhere.

There are 2 proven rams (6 & 8 years old), 2 unproven rams (2 years old), 4 wethers (fine for shearing, or ready to eat), and 11 ewes (only 2 yearlings, 9 proven).

We have several fleece colors in our flock, and pictures available of every animal. We won several awards last year in the primitive class with Karakul fleeces at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair).

We love having these animals on the farm, and we have gotten to a very parasite resistant flock, with lots of culling to find the strengths. Entire flock is $4,500. I am hopeful these two lines of genetics can be preserved by a farm. Another breeder in the southeast, perhaps.

Priced at less than $237 each, we’d like to see the entire flock go to one location. We will entertain other offers, but are in no way pressed to sell until we have found the right buyer. Is that you?

Cell/Text: 843-229-6395
LIGHT Farms (Andrew Criswell)
400 Criswell Avenue
Lamar, SC 29069-9195

All 19 sheep are available for inspection by appointment, 48 hours notice required. We are a closed (non-public) farm; don’t just show up, please.

posted February 1, 2019



For Sale: Breeding stock, raw and processed wool, yak down, antique shearing equipment, direct drive Duncan drum carder, and Idaho FARM

Duncan drum carder—gear motor drive, excellent condition with extras . $900

Rare Stewart ‘Greyhound’. $300
Rare Stewart ‘Big Boy’- bronze body with 3.5″ combs . $200

Click on a photo once to enlarge. Click right or left arrows to view gallery.

Forty acre desert farmstead- secluded but accessible
Good well and fencing
1960’s ranch style 2-bedroom home
Large barn built in 70’s
15×20 log bunkhouse
Lost River channel divides lava rock and sage brush-river bottom pasture
Natural landscape yard with 60 year-old spruce, fir and juniper

Joe with twin Karakul ewe lambs

Possible owner finance- $148k

Call Joe at: 208-589 -9042
Farm Website URL:

Joe Billman
Six Winds Sheep
3205W 2600N
Arco, Idaho 83213

posted May 18, 2018; updated August 8, 2018



Kathy Donovan has been breeding Karakul sheep at Checkmate Farm since 2004 and occasionally has breeding stock for sale.

Checkmate-days old Donovan Karakul lambs

Karakuls are raised for fleeces to create Persian Rug Yarn. Kathy is an Oxford Company Punch Rug Hooking Instructor.

“Early Persia” rug design by Jane McGown Flynn, Hooked by Kathy Donovan

Kathy also sells rug roving for braiding rugs and offers classes all year.

Checkmate Farm booth-yarns & rug hooking equipment

Farm Website URL:

Contact Info:
Kathy Donovan
Bluemont, Virginia

June 8, 2017; updated August 8, 2018


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