When I first heard CVM I wondered what it meant, so you know, I had to look it up. It seems that CVM is a rare sub-species of the Romeldale sheep. CVM has a unique coloring.
Here is a bit of history about the CVM breed. Romeldale was a breeding of Romney sheep and rambouillet sheep. The original breeding was to make a rambouillet breed with a nicer fleece and better carcass quality. The breed of romeldale sheep was born.
There are 2 varieties of Romeldales, White and Natural Colored. White Romeldales should have entirely white fleeces. They may have spots on their face, ears, or legs. Natural Colored Romeldales can be solid, reverse badger, and can have spots (which are particularly prevalent on their faces). They may also have darker legs than their body.
CVM actually stands for California Variegated Mutant. The body standards are the same as for romeldale with the exception of the coloring. They must have badger markings …they can have color and spots everywhere else as well.
Fleece is pretty soft around 20-24 microns and about 3 to 6 inches long. I did pick up some fleece that I am washing , dyeing and spinning for wednesday’s blog post.
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