We started in the sheep business in 1986. After running a commercial flock for a few years we then decided to go into the purebred business. After Andy did some research we decided that Polled Dorsets would be the best fit for us. So in 1993 we started our purebred Dorset flock. We just really liked a lot of aspects of the Dorset breed, such as their excellent mothering abilities and their quiet temperament. The personality of the Dorsets really is a suitable breed for us to have here on our farm. We still have a few commercial ewes that are bred to Dorsets but the large majority of our flock is purebred.
We live approximately 30 minutes north of Lethbridge. We both work off the farm, so it is very important that our sheep do not take up any extra time that is not necessary. We are gone for eight to ten hours each day so essentially our ewes have to lamb on their own. We rely on our ewes to take care of their lambs, and any ewes that don’t fit these criteria are not kept by us or sold as breeding stock. The rams that we sell will also be selected for strong carcass characteristics as well as good rate of gain.
We raised both of our daughters on the farm working along with us in the corral. We are huge supporters of 4-H Alberta and both of our children are as well. Our girls went through the 4-H program from start to finish, belonging to the Wild ‘n Wooly 4-H Sheep Club in the Lethbridge area. We still have the odd ewe out in the corral that was one of the girls breeding projects. Both of our girls have since moved on but enjoy coming out to the farm to give a hand when one is needed. Our oldest daughter went to College and now works in the media industry. Our youngest daughter is in University finishing up her Bachelor of Education.
We are proud of the animals that we raise and we believe that they will do a good job!