MIDDLEBURG, VA – Shepherds like Franny Kransteiner of Gum Tree Farms have embraced a tip-to-tail, birth-to-death philosophy when it comes to their sheep, as more and more people have begun to search for more fulfilling lifestyles. Her sheep often live out their whole life cycle on the farm, providing wool for her clothing line, birthing lambs, and even contributing a little something to the table when they’ve reached the end of their lives. Sheep shearing isn’t just a chore — it’s a way of life.

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