sheep - Polypay, Ramboulliet, Dorset, and Cheviot - since 1985, I decided that there was simply not enough parasite resistance. The drop in the wool market, which coincided with the repeal of the wool tariff, was the final blow to the wool flock. But I enjoyed the sheep and wanted to continue in the industry, so I searched long and hard to purchase the best stock that I could find for our humid Southern area, finally settling on a good, registered flock of Katahdins.
As I bred to improve the stock for our area, I let the papers lapse, but continued to save only the hardiest , most parasite resistant stock with the best mothering ability and the fastest growing lambs. Over the years, I added some commercial St. Croix and Barbados Blackbelly ewes. All sheep were bred to outstanding young registered rams from my initial contact, Mark Dennis, of New Iberia, Louisiana. I have been very pleased with Mark's rams, and feel that they add size, coat quality, and frame to their offspring, essential for the commercial producer. i sold the commercial flock, but found that once again I couldn't stay out of sheep. I put together a nice flock of commercial and registered Dorper ewe lambs, and added a group of Katahdins from the quality flock of Mary Vananrooy. Mary was one of the first Katahdin breeders in Arkansas, and many top flocks today have descended from her stock. I placed registered Dorper rams on the Dorper ewes and registered rams from Mark Dennis, Tina and Patrick Broussard, and TJ and Dawn Brady on the Katahdins. The majority of the stock from the Vananrooy flock was either RR or QR, and the rams are all top quality RRs. The first crop of lambs is coming on the ground now and the young ewes are exhibiting excellent mothering characteristics. I will have some Katahdin ram lambs and a nice selection of Dorper and registered Katahdin ewe lambs beginning in June. I hope that you will enjoy your tour through our ranch and enjoy looking at our flock!