BELOW ARE PICTURES OF SHEEP CURRENTLY REMAINING . WHEN WE REDUCED OUR FLOCK, WE KEPT VERY FEW, MOSTLY THOSE WE FELT WERE NOT SALABLE DUE TO AGE OR UDDER. THEY ALL LAMBED, SO WE HAVE A NUCLEUS TO DEVELOP A SELECT NEW FLOCK. WE WILL KEEP THE NUMBERS LOW BUT QWALITY HIGH.
HIGHLAND TROOPER WAS BORN IN FEBRUARY 2013, SO IS PICTURED AGED SEVEN. HIS SIRE CAME FROM LITTLEDALE IN WISCONSIN, AND WAS HEAVY IN IMPORTED GENETICS, INCLUDING THREE CROSSES OF THE IMPORTED BROTHERSTONE TROOPER, WHICH EXPLAINS THE NAME. WE KNEW TOMMY DUN WHO BRED THE RAM IN SCOTLAND, AND TOMMY FOUND US TWO BORDER COLLIE PUPS, ROB AND CHRIS THAT WE IMPORTED IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES.
I THOUGHT ENOUGH OF THIS RAM THAT I ALWAYS PLANNED TO KEEP HIM BUT TOOK HIM TO THE PETERBUG SALE IN WV TO LET PEOPLE SEE HIM. I BID HIM IN AT $900
TROOPER HAS BEEN A STANDOUT SINCE A YOUNG LAMB. HE IS ONE OF THOSE RARE ONES THAT ALWAYS LOOKS GOOD. HE STAYS IN SHAPE ALL YEAR WITH NO GRAIN, AND HAS BRED EVERY EWE HE WAS EXPOSED TO. HE HAS LAMBS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND IS NOT BY ANY MEANS DONE YET. I HAD A SOUTH DAKOTA SHEEP MAN CALL ME JUST TO TALK ABOUT TROOPER. HE THOUGHT THE POCTURE ABOVE WAS THE BEST RAM PICTURE HE EVER SAW, THOUGH I DID NOT ESTABLISH WHETHER HE MEANT THE RAM OR THE PICTURE.
THE PICTURE SHOWS THE REAL SCOTTISH STYLE NORTH COUNTRY, MODERATE IN FRAME BUT SUPER THICK AND MASSIVE, WITH GIRTH AND CAPACITY TO CONVERT FORAGE.
I REALIZE HE MAY NOT SUIT EVERYBODY, ESPECIALLY THE SHOW JOCKS ,BUT HIS KIND WILL PRODUCE THE GOODS FOR TRHE GRASS BASED SHEPHERDS THAT WE PRIMARILY SERVICE FROM COAST TO COAST.
Bred by Joe Neil in Highland County, VA ,a twin born in 2016, his sire is CR 506 RR, a Ron Fletcher bred son of Highland Banner., as strong a ram as we ever sold, that sired several good ones including a $1600 ram for Ron in 2012 where at the same sale we sold one for $2000
The dam of Voyager was a ewe bred by us .sired by Littledale B205.
Joe Neil had some North Country rams with his commercial ewes that had enough daughters coming on, he felt they needed to move on. That is when we got lucky.. We bought 4 rams, all half brothers by the Fletcher ram, and all out of sister ewes bred by us. We resold 3 of them to purebred flocks, and kept the one we liked best, but still are not sure that he is the best one. I thought enough of him to give him a new name, the origin of which I mention elsewhere.
He is a fine example of the kind of ram we seek. Big barreled, wide tracking with muscle shape and mass. Ultra correct on feet and legs, with strong bone and authentic breed type. Full of red meat and retail product.
This ram displays a trait that I value in our breeding stock. Notice how wide and square he plants his legs. This indicates width of base and chest floor, key components in the structural layout we seek, to provide the capacity and big girthed profile desirable in meat animals whatever the species. A contrast to the other kind with knees knocking together, their front legs coming out of the same hole, as we used to enjoy describing them
We sold him as a lamb to Dee Samson in Oregon in 2014. Maybe the best son of TANK we had, and sad to say, from his only lamb crop, since TANK hung himself in the fence. TANK was phenotypically as good as any we ever raised - ask anyone who saw him.
Traveler's dam was a daughter of Highland Piper, full brother to Highland Banner. Piper sired the $2000 High Road 0085, sire of TANK, which means Traveler is double bred Highland Piper, paternal great grandsire, and maternal grandsire.
Dee used Traveler heavily and kept several daughters. One of them was Grand Champion in the National junior ewe show for Dee's grandson Emmett. A Traveler son was Reserve Champion at the
National sale in West Virginia, selling for $800.
When Dee elected to move the old ram, since I had sent her a Trooper son, she called me and convinced me to take him home in the fall of 2019 The freight cost more than the ram, but I was happy to have him back.
He fits our template, with attractive pattern and good length of side, width of top, breed type and ideal disposition.
With our flock reduced, we sent Traveler to work in what has been described to me as "God's Country", Greenbrier County, West Virginia,
in a new flock owned by Annie Stroud, whose dad John has bought many a ram from us.
I consider a ram like this somewhat of a collector's item and will keep him in the circle.
Dee sent this Traveler yearling back east with Brett Kessler who showed him at the W.V. sale.
He was Reserve Sale Champion and top seller at $800.
When we brought Traveler back from Oregon in 2019, Dee sent a nice ram lamb along sired by him.
We sold him to Tim East to head his new flock near Christiansburg, and will follow his progress with interest.
41 Sire: CHR 14020 RR
A classy ewe, paternal sister to 45, also damaged mammary system, but still functional. Her 2020 lamb is a flock favorite, see below. A donor prospect, with great style and balance
45 Sire: CHR 14020 RR.
As stout and massive a ewe as we had in the old flock, her udder is damaged with mastitis, so I did not sell her. With an outcross pedigree, I would like to flush her. Her sire was a son of two time National Champion. See her 2020 lamb below.
The last daughter of Highland Chieftain, she will be 10 in the spring but is still producing. Her 2020 son sold at the VA ram test
Sired by "Big Daddy, Reserve National Champion, from the Susan Davies flock in Maryland. Her 20020 lamb is pictured below-888
A high quality Trooper daughter born 2018
The other surviving Chieftain daughter she raised a top pair of Trooper sons in 2020. At nine years old, her days may be numbered, but we will go another round. Her twin sons went to Maryland and Missouri.
2018 Trooper daughter
2018 Trooper daughter
814 2028 Trooper daughter
2020 Trooper daughter
January 24 single, dam #41 above.
2020 Trooper daughter
twin Jan 19, dam 85-14
2020 Trooper daughter
dam 45 above.
twin 7 Feb CCF 8-14
The favorite ewe lamb this year a daughter of Trooper out of a Susan Davies ewe above, she has great volume yet super femininity and style.
We bought 9 2020 ewe lambs from the new Tim East flock near Christiansburg. All are Trooper daughters bred here. Tim bought 20 ewes from us in fall 2019 reduction. These lambs were bred to Star Voyager and are lambing at just over a year of age. I will picture them soon and add them to this page.
WE SOLD SOME EWE LAMBS TO JOE NEIL A FEW YEARS AGO. THEY WERE SISTERS BY THE LITTLEDALE B205 RAM. JOE LIVES ABOUT 50 MILES AWAY IN HIGHLAND COUNTY. HE RECENTLY HAD A GROUP OF NORTH COUNTRY RAMS THAT HE HAD RAISED and USED IN HIS COMMERCIAL OPERATION, ALL OUT OF THE HIGH ROAD ORIGINAL EWES, AND SIRED BY A RON FLETCHER BRED SON OF HIGHLAND BANNER, MAYBE THE BEST RAM WE EVER RAISED. JOE FELT HE WAS READY TO REPLACE THOSE RAMS DUE TO HOW MANY DAUGHTERS THEY HAD IN THE FLOCK. WHEN I SAW THIS GROUP OF RAMS, I WAS STRUCK BY HOW MUCH THEY LOOKED LIKE "MY KIND", THICK, BIG BODIED AND DEEP, WITH BONE AND BREED TYPE.
I BOUGHT 4 OF THEM, THINKING I MIGHT KEEP THE ONE I LIKED BEST,AND SELL THE REST SINCE I WAS GETTING CALLS FOR RAMS BUT HAD FEW TO SELL. THE 59A RAM WAS THE ONE I ELECTED TO KEEP, SO HE IS SHOWN WITH THREE YOUNG TROOPER DAUGHTERS AFTER TURNOUT. (I NEED TO GIVE HIM A SNAPPY NICKNAME)
The pictures on this page illustrate the kind of North Country sheep we want. Thick and massive with girth and bone. We do not want the tall slim kind.
THE TROOPER DAUGHTERS ARE CERTAINLY THE RIGHT KIND IN MY OPINION. SOUND AND CORRECT IN STRUCTURE, THEY HAVE GREAT FEMININITY AND BREED TYPE. I HAVE SOLD A NUMBER OF THEM BUT HAVE A NUCLEUS FOR THE NEW FLOCK, WHILE THE OLD RAM IS STILL VERY MUCH IN BUSINESS.
KENNY IS NOW A YEAR AND A HALF OLD AND IS DEVELOPING INTO A REAL GUARD DOG. HE IS A KARAKACHEN, BULGARIAN SHEPHERD DOG FROM GREENBRIER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA . HE WEIGHS OVER 100 LBS, AND NO DOUBT WILL GROW MORE. I CANNOT IMAGINE TOO MANY COYOTES WANT TO TANGLE WITH HIM.
I named him after my favorite football player,
Kenny Stabler, quarterback Oakland Raiders.
JILL IS A GREAT PYRENEES. SHE CAME WITH HER BROTHER JACK, BUT HE GOT FIRED FOR WANDERING, AND IS HAPPY IN HIS NEW HOME.
JILL APPEARS TO HAVE DEVELOPED SOME CONFIDENCE SINCE HER SIDEKICK HAS BEEN ON THE SCENE. THEY GET ALONG VERY WELL.