I am a proud member of the following associations:
American Simmental Association, member # 221951
Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association, founding member
Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation
North American Shetland Sheep Association, member # 1613
Bluefaced Leicester Breeder's Association
Bluefaced Leicester Union of North America
All animals are vaccinated yearly and are wormed every few months. We rotationally graze all of our animals and they are raised on a grass fed base. Our animals are tested for infectious diseases.
My name is Garrett Ramsay and I live near Perham, MN. I live on the farm I grew up on, and its been 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.
I have only been in the dog showing hobby since January of 2005. Since then, I have learned a lot and made many new friends. This is no longer a hobby of mine either, but a passion. My dogs are pets/family first, show dogs second, and if they never finish their titles, I will not be sad as they are my 'kids' and they make me happy.
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.
ALL of my species of animals are well cared for, are vaccinated, wormed, housed in clean barns (in the house for my dogs!) are given the best possible food available and are loved from the minute they set foot on my farm. I only want what is best for my dogs and other animals, and best for their breeds in general.
Our sheep flock has tested negative for OPP (2008,2009), CL (2008), Johne's (2008,2009) and Blue Tongue (2009)