Updated: Jan 27, 2020
We currently have an expanding flock of about 350 Dorset ewes. Flock selection is based on a self-sufficiency approach and our 25 years of special selection has created a productive, easy care flock. Emphasis for genetic selection is based on udder placement, mothering ability, milking ability, twinning, average daily gains, pasture survivability, and meaty carcasses. Selection for these traits enables us to be a reliable source of breeding stock for other producers.
Whether you are just starting out in the sheep business, expanding your current flock size, or adding new genetics, sheep from our farm will help increase your bottom line and improve your flock. Our sheep are efficient, easy keepers that have a docile temperament. The ewes are muscular, full-bodied ewes with wide muzzels that are very hardy and productive. The rams are strong, aggressive breeders with muscling that will put dollars in your pocket. Each year, we sell rams and ewes to both large and small flocks across the upper Midwest.
Our Dorsets are true “accelerated lambers” which means that they lamb out of season or, more simply put, three times in two years. Our direct marketing needs require us to have a fresh year around supply of lamb and these sheep do just that. We winter lamb about 75 ewes around mid February and wean those lambs in April. The main flock then begins to lamb in May on pasture and the winter lambing ewes are re-bred back to lamb again in late autumn.
Our sheep typically graze from April through December, depending on the Minnesota weather. During the coldest winter months the sheep are fed wet-wrapped hay in round bales so we do not lose the health benefits of fresh grass feed. This type of haymaking still maintains the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, even in the dead of winter. The sheep are not fed corn.