Fine Fleece Shetland Sheep Association, founding member, flock #4
Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
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 Leicester Longwool, and Romeldale/CVM sheep and both breeds have found a place in my heart, and here on the farm.
Our breeding stock flock has tested negative for OPP and Johne's (2008, 2009, 2017, 2020)
We additionally test any new animals coming in to the farm prior to arrival, or during quarantine for the above diseases.