Our mission is to breed structurally sound sheep that can give us more with less, more lambs with less time, less work, less grain and fewer bills.
First and foremost, efficient animals are healthy animals, so we have tested our breeding stock with the help of North Texas Veterinary Hospital and Texas A&M to rule out OPP, CL and Johne's, three debilitating sheep diseases.
Our foundation animals, purchased from the USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Arkansas and Hound River Farm in Georgia, were selected for their maternal traits, which increase the likelihood of our ewes birthing multiples, producing plenty of milk and taking good care of their lambs. We also made parasite resistance a priority. Every sheep we’ve purchased can mount a significant immune response to internal worms, allowing them to block an attack instead of succumbing to anemia and death.
We have a young flock, and we are still getting to know how our animals will perform as they grow, reproduce and age, but we are committed to gathering the information that will help us make good decisions. We record weekly weights from birth through maturity and frequently condition score our animals. We collect fecal samples on a regular basis and perform FAMACHA checks to assess worm load.
As new members of the National Sheep Improvement Program, we are excited about tapping into a system where we can select the best animals based on genetically linked and mathematically calculated performance estimates.