Kappler Schaferei began as a desire to continue the Kappler family tradition of raising sheep. The Kappler family has been raising sheep since the 1400s in Germany, and frankly, traditions that long must remain unbroken. Roger grew up on one of the larger sheep farms in Manchester, Michigan, where his father and grandfather raised Suffolks and Columbias. Amanda is new to the wonderful world of sheep, but has the ewes eating out of the palm of her hand (literally). We look forward to raising the next generation of Kapplers up to appreciate and enjoy both raising and working with sheep. We hope you enjoy our efforts and we look forward to working with you as well.
Why Painted Desert Sheep?
Painted Desert sheep are one of a variety of hair sheep, which naturally shed their wooly undercoat in the spring. This means no more shearing! Those of you who have shorn sheep can truly appreciate the time and back-breaking labor saved through not having to shear your sheep.
These sheep are also natural lawnmowers and lot-cleaners. They do a wonderful job of keeping our pastures eaten down to the consistency of a golf course's fairway. The sheep also eat most leafy shrubs and bushes found on our property, making pasture maintenance a minimal chore.
Painted Desert Sheep are generally more resistant to internal parasites than the majority of wool-breeds. This makes for a flock of sheep that are generally healthier and much easier to care for than most wool-breeds.
Finally, these sheep have those really neat horns. Whether or not you decide to breed for the exotic game market or just market the horns in some other way, these sheep are really easy on the eyes. It is impressive to work with the sheep on a daily basis and watch the horns grow and curl. Our rams are averaging an inch and a half of horn growth a month.
All of the aforementioned made Painted Desert Sheep the right breed for us, and we hope you will find them to be the right breed for you as well.