Ile de France Lamb

Wheaton, MN


Set in the tristate corner of the Dakotas and Minnesota, we breed Ile de France sheep. For over forty years, we have been breeding and raising sheep. Over the years we have had much success with multiple top five blue ribbon carcass lambs at the Minnesota 4-H Market Livestock Show, as well as the Champion Commercial Ewe Lamb at the Minnesota State 4-H Show; however, the lack of genetic progress and inconsistency in our ewe flock was frustrating. Older and wiser, I began to search for an alternative with less labor and more return, so I decided to start fresh. A year and two rounds of testing for OPP later, we chose to depopulate and find OPP free genetics that fit our ideal of a maternal, low maintenance ewe flock. In 2006, we purchased OPP free ewe lambs and began breeding Ile de France genetics with high accuracy EBV's.

All of our Ile de France genetics have came from pasture-based lambing flocks that focus on economics and efficiency where the ewes have been selected for generations to birth and raise multiple lambs on grass without supervision. I use this philosophy to raise my ewes on a forage based ration and shed lamb with minimal supervision.

Our ewe flock focuses on easy keeping, low maintenance, maternal genetics that produce 140 pound market lambs with efficient gains, large loin-eyes, and high dressing percentages. Our goal is to wean a 200% lamb crop raised on the ewe and to market the lambs at four and a half to five months on 25-30% forage ration. 

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