Romeldale sheep were developed in California by A.T. Spencer and the Sexton family, who crossed Romney and Rambouliet stock. California Variegated Mutant (CVM) is a color variation of a Romeldale sheep. CVMs were originally selected for and bred by Glen Eidman, partner of the Sextons, in the 1960s.
Mature rams are large and virile, able to cover more than the average number of ewes. Ewes have excellent maternal instincts and are known to be prolific and long-lived. Twinning and lambing ease are part of the breed emphasis and if left with the ram, ewes are known to breed while suckling lambs.
The Romeldale/CVM is sought after for clips of long, high-quality wool. Color patterns of the CVM vary, but their wool is known to darken over time as the lamb matures, rather than fade, as with many colored breeds of sheep.
Brandon and Jenny Lee raise CVM/Romeldale sheep at Tall Oak Acres in Greene, R.I: “We are interested in the CVM/Romeldale breed because the color patterns are attractive and the wool is very soft for hand spinning. We also like that they are a dual purpose breed and we can market the sheep for wool or meat. This gives us more options for the farm. Our plans are to produce good breeding stock and to give this rare breed that we enjoy more exposure. They are a great breed for a small, diversified farm or homestead.”