Sheep have always been a big part of the Mandel family life. Ty grew up east of Fort Macleod, where his family ran commercial ewes for as long as he can remember.
In 2010, Ty, his wife, Drew, and their children packed up their sheep, and their bags, and moved to Whiskey Gap, southeast of Cardston.
We are always looking for ways to improve our ewes and lambs in our commercial herd. In doing so, Ty began to research ways to increase his lambs feed conversion and yield. It quickly became evident that the Il de France breed stood out time and time again. We soon found out that this breed was hard to find, but fortunately, we were able to purchase Ile de France rams. It has been four years since we bred them to our commercial ewes, while feeding lambs and keeping replacements with great success. When these lambs hit the scale, it didn’t take us long to figure out we needed this cross in our herd. Their aggressive nature with their lambs, and at the feed bunk, proves why they perform so well in a large flock. In 2012, we purchased a herd of purebred Ile de France ewes.
Through new sire rams and artificial insemination, we are working to expand the Ile de France bloodlines. Our ultimate goal is to produce high quality, low maintenance rams that will stand up in your flock.