We have a long history in Shropshires. Our first ewes were purchased in 1953. Now we are managing a breeding program with a goal of genetic convergence of the three primary Shropshire types that have evolved over the years.
Major changes in our operation were implemented in October 2016. We set up the Performance Shropshire Consortium to further our Purebred Commercial Ram program. Further information is available in this website.
With that change we have a new affiliated partner to run the program operation and have moved our Knepp-Lafollette operating base to Dixon, Wyoming. The breeding and ram testing base will be run by Jock Sheehan, who also will be building a ewe flock from our base at his
Roaring Fork Sheep LLC operation.
Below are two rams that are part of our ewe flock’s genetic profile. First, the one representing Traditional/English bloodlines, Groverman 5517 “Grover I”, Great Grandsire of our Hiemke “Sport Pepper” ram. Next, the one representing Frame type bloodlines, CLSF 622 “Tommy”.
Our newest addition to the profile (below) is a ram that adds current Shropshire Wether type bloodlines, Cabaniss 117-12, (purchased with Adams Shropshires).
NSIP performance EBV’s are a factor in our selection matrix.
This all started in September 2012
Knepp–LaFollette: Walking Away From The Competitors…
The start of our Genetic Convergence project. With tremendous muscle and a unique pedigree, this Hiemke 12034 ram (“Sport Pepper”), and select Knepp ewes will be the first step in our five year plan towards a NSIP-oriented production Shropshire direction.