The Horned Dorset is an old breed that seems to have remained fairly pure. Considered by some to be a heritage breed. I like the fact that they are maternally oriented, lamb out of season and still grow fast enough to produce a desirable lamb for any market. They are hardy and have managed our environment very well over the years. We started our Horned flock with a group of ewe lambs and a young ram from Paul Cassell in Wytheville Virginia. I was very fortunate to start out with quality sheep from one of the top breeders in the industry. Paul and his family have done a phenomenal job with their sheep. We have also added several sheep from the Richardson family in Ohio. Matt Richardson and I seem to value many of the same traits in our animals and they have helped us move forward in several ways. I have added individuals that worked well from several other individuals in the Midwest and recently added a stud ram from the west coast to add some outcross genetics. I enjoy my Dorset flock and look forward to getting a good lamb crop from them in 2016.
The Scottish Blackface sheep is another of the old breeds. They were the backbone of the hill country sheep industry for centuries and have been used for crossbreeding in many different ways. As a breed, they have impacted many of the breeds of sheep that we have today. Reported to be hardy and versatile, we decided to add a few late in 2014. Time will tell how well they will work for us here, but I am optimistic that they will produce well for us. UPDATE: The Scottish Blackface ewes have started lambing and so far are doing a good job. The Scottish Blackface ram was a very active breeder and we will have a good number of dorset/Scottish blackface wethers for sale