FORM .. FUNCTION .. TRADITION
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High Road Sheep flocks represent our commitment to the development of quality seedstock with emphasis on profitable function and efficiency. As a lifelong stockman on both sides of the Atlantic, I am convinced that in these changing times, breeding stock must be engineered with optimal meat production and profitable performance as the logical and practical goal. Ever increasing input cost also suggests sustainability through forage utilization a necessary priority.
We will employ tools such as performance testing, ultrasound carcass evaluation and artificial insemination to help identify and propagate superior traits. We will also produce a number of F1 crossbred animals to help maximize production and efficiency, while adding genetic diversity and heterosis. Our emphasis will always be on the production of profitable, practical breeding stock for the commercial shepherd, rather than on show winners.
I have had the good fortune to have been involved with many varied seedstock enterprises over the years, primarily beef cattle, but also sheep, horses, and stock dogs. North Country Cheviot sheep were my first livestock love at around ten years of age, so as a celebrated Yankee put it, "it's deja vu all over again."
We respect the traditional values that have inspired past generations of stockmen and strive to emulate their fortitude integrity and vision. I have always felt privileged to belong to a fraternity bonded by a common love of livestock and land, where adversity is sure, but reward a lifelong treasure.
What other vocation offers the anticipation of an exciting annual renewal of almost half of it's inventory?
The sheep on the Jim Bowen farm near Hot Springs,Virginia.
I have told several people that there is more information on this website about our sheep operation than you ever needed to know. You have been warned.
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