Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association, founding member, flock #4
Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation
North American Shetland Sheep Association, member # 1613
My name is Garrett Ramsay and I live near Winslow, Illinois. I moved to this farm in April, 2017, having previously lived on the farm I grew up on, and it remains in my family since 1892. Through out my life, I have been around many different types of animals, but have settled on a few that I really enjoy. I went to college at North Dakota State University (GO BISON!) and graduated with a degree in Animal Science, option in Business & Production, emphasizing in Genetics and Nutrition. I was on the NDSU Dairy Judging team and a member of their Saddle and Sirloin club.
I first got my beef cattle at a young age and helped my dad with his dairy cows as I grew up. I was in charge of all the breeding records and chose all the matings that took place (we artificially inseminated all of our animals). Its been a long road but my efforts have paid off with flashy looking cattle, small birth weights, high weaning weights, polled, docile cattle.
I then took up pigeons in 1993. It started as a hobby too, and now a passion of mine. I have several breeds I focus on and I am constantly trying further the breeds in the pairings of the birds that I do. It too has paid off as I have won several color classes in the breeds I keep, including some in the finals of the shows.
In October of 2006 I purchased some Shetland Sheep and they have fast become one of my favorite species around here. I also purchased Bluefaced Leicesters in 2007 and both breeds have found a place in my heart, and here on the farm.
Our breeding stock flock has tested negative for OPP (2008, 2009, 2017)