Address: 29 Hunt Rd, West Brookfield MA 01585 / (508) 867-6111
About Us / Windy Hamlet Farm History: Lamb and wool from Windy Hamlet Farm is Animal Welfare Approved.\n\nDorothy Benedict raises Animal Welfare Approved wool and meat sheep in Western Massachusetts. In addition to the horses that she’s had since childhood, before raising sheep, she ran a goat dairy and creamery at Windy Hamlet Farm. Since 2005 she has been raising Icelandic sheep, a hardy breed known for its excellent wool. The breed is well-adapted to living on pasture and requires no supplemental grain. The colorful sheep can be black, brown, grey, white or spotted and lambs are born with short tails so tail docking, a welfare issue for sheep, is not necessary. Dorothy, a felter and weaver, uses the Icelandic wool from her sheep to felt, spin and dye.\n\nWindy Hamlet Farm’s sheep are raised in a high-welfare system that allows them perform their natural behaviors. “My focus has always been on the welfare and care of my animals,” says Dorothy. Her sheep are out every day except in extreme cold or wet weather. Lambs are raised on their mothers and socialize with other members of the flock. Dorothy also has two livestock guard dogs and a guard donkey for non-lethal predator protection. Dorothy says of Animal Welfare Approved that “it was refreshing to find a group that recognizes the importance of the animals living a natural life on the farm. I think that people do appreciate knowing that the products that they buy come from animals raised naturally.”\n\nWindy Hamlet wool and lamb meat is available for sale directly from the farm.