Shadow Ridge Farm`s Sheep

Humble beginnings...

My passion for raising sheep came about in an unusual and almost accidental way. Back in 2000 I was raising turkeys. My husband didn`t appreciate them flying up on top of his vehicles and scratching up the paint job to heck and back. Although I loved my turkeys I had to agree that feeding this ever growing flock of large birds for no obvious reasons other than I just liked them was getting prohibitively expensive along with dealing with the hubster`s complaints. I ran across a woman (on our local swap and shop radio program at the time) who was interested in trading some Black Belly Barbados sheep for a few turkeys. Miraculously, she agreed to trade us 2 adult ewes and one adult ram for THREE turkey hens! My husband and I went to her home to view the sheep and it was our first ever encounter with a sheep that had no wool! We didn`t even know that there were breeds that were actually hair sheep VS wool varieties. We both fell instantly in love with the breed that we later came to find out was correctly "labeled" American Black Belly Barbados. Please check on my links page for a link to the Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Association International web site to learn more about the difference between the American BB and the BBB (Barbados Blackbelly). It took us both a while to stop referring to them as goats and start thinking of them as SHEEP but eventually we conquered that impulse!  (I sold the rest of my turkey flock to another interested party a few days later.)

That was our beginning. In 2005 Lucky Ewe joined our family. She was a rescue and her story is on her page entitled First Polypay. She turned out to be a Polypay wool sheep. To identify her breed I had to research the ear tags that were in her ears and confer with my long time friend who is a vet tech at our local vet clinic and also happens to be our local town sheep expert :)

Now it is 11 years after our first beginnings as of this writing (September of 2011) and I am learning as I go still but creating this web site was something I have been wanting to get done for a few years now. It is helping me to keep better track of my breeding program now that I have become much more serious about making this a successful journey into the world of raising healthy hearty sheep for both eating and for raising worthy breeding stock. I am also very interested in the hide tanning possibilities but that is for the future :) The picture on this page is one of my favorites of one of the first rams born here. I loved the birds landing on his back on such a beautiful spring day...