Whether you are interested in premium meat, productive breeding stock, or club lambs, we invite you to read our 'story' to learn a little more about us.
The Russell Sheep Company story started a long time ago when Diane, at age 3, was given a pair of orphan lambs. Those two ewes grew into a small flock, and a 10 year 4-H project. When Diane married grain farmer Paul, the sheep came along as well. Over the years the Russell's flock grew to 170 ewes. Then we began reducing our numbers, eventually having only eight ewes. At that time youngest son, Jeremy, was in his fifth year of 4-H, and he expressed interest in improving our genetics and increasing our numbers.
It was at that time that Jeremy purchased his first Slack ram. Our flock was Suffolk based, and our focus was to produce functional, productive sheep that excelled in carcass quality. Slack genetics helped us achieve that goal. Our flock size doubled in 2009 when Jeremy purchased the Phil Hofman flock that was loaded with champion Slack and McLaughlin/Griffin genetics.
Also in 2009 Jeremy started direct marketing meat from the flock through farmer's markets. Demand for local lamb provided the incentive to grow the flock while he got his BS degree from Purdue University. Now back home and farming full time, Jeremy still sells through markets, provides meat for local food events, and has added several restaurants to his customer list.
It is always rewarding to see the cream of the crop (lamb crop, that is) compete in the show ring. And Russell Sheep Company has excelled in that arena as well. Because we have focused on superior carcass quality and structual correctness, our lambs compete well in both market and breeding classes. The culmination of years of breeding gave us quite a thrill in 2013 as we bred and exhibited the Grand Champion Slick Shorn Ewe at the North American International Livestock Exposition.
Our farm flock enjoys the benefits of rotational grazing, quality feed and forage rations, and updated facilities that allow for optimal management during the different seasons of the year. We know our sheep are working for us, so we do the best we can to keep them happy and healthy.
The future looks bright for Russell Sheep Company and we welcome you to come visit us anytime. Whether you are a meat customer or a fellow sheep producer, we think you'll find something here that you'll like.