Our goal is to raise big framed, correct,
fast growing Rambouillet sheep with a
good fleece. We hope they work in the show ring but our goal is to raise the
kind of sheep that can live on grass and survive in nature's conditions.
60 ewes are all DNA tested and are expected to lamb by themselves and get
their lambs up and nursing without assistance.
pasture and are expected
to breed on native North Dakota grass. We think Rambouillet sheep can be "pretty" as
well as tough.
We have a high percentage of scrapie resistance in our flock
and normally have a number of RR rams and ewes for sale.
If you have any
questions about our operation or the sheep pictured below please
Rambouillet is now in the fifth generation raising sheep in the United
States. Mathias and Rosina Benz immigrated to the United States from
Russia in 1893.It is unknown if they raised sheep in
the old country, but they immediately started raising sheep upon arrival
in the Dakota’s. At one time several thousand head of sheep were raised by
Benz’s in Mercer County, North Dakota along the breaks of the Missouri
River. It is thought these sheep were a mix of Merino, Lincoln, and
various black face breeds. In the 50’s the commercial flock of Friedebert
and Emma Benz was primarily Rambouillet and Columbia. Darold and Della
Benz added a flock of registered Suffolks in 1968 and Rambouillet in 1972.
The commercial ewes were sold in 1983 and the Suffolks were sold in 1986.
In 1987 the ewe flock was split between Darold and Della and Matt and Amy.
These flocks have been run separately since that time. Justin has a group
of ewes that are running with the main flock until he gets his own place.
In the spring of 2014 the operation was relocated to St. Marys, KS.
first registered Rambouillet ewes were purchased from Lenard Chapman and
George Erk. Since then there have been a handful of ewes added to the
flock from breeders throughout the United States, but most of the ewes in
the current flock trace directly to the original Chapman and Erk ewes.
Outside rams have been introduced from several breeders since then.
1972 the primary emphasis has been to raise sound-footed, heavy muscled,
good fleeced sheep on a large frame. Our ewes run on native pasture and
are wintered with minimal shelter except during lambing. We expect them to
thrive in tough conditions. We have off the farm jobs and the ewes often
go without being checked for up to 14 hours during lambing. The ewes are
expected to lamb and mother up on their own.If they fail, they get sold to
slaughter. The lambs and ewes are fed whole grains and grass and alfalfa
hay when conditions dictate.
we lamb a group of ewes in January and in September. In addition to
private sales we sell rams and ewes at the National Show and Sale,
Hettinger Ram Sale, Newell Ram Sale and the Midwest Ram Sale.
Matt retired from being an operator
at Dakota Gasification Company in 2012. They make natural gas and
anhydrous ammonia from lignite coal. Matt is a past president of the
American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association and is a former director
of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers among other activities.
Amy is a retired middle school English,
science, and technology teacher. She has a master’s degree in Elementary
Education and is a National Board certified teacher. She is also involved
in state and local education committees and boards.
Matt and Amy graduated from NDSU where
they both judged on the livestock judging team, Matt also was on the wool,
and dairy judging teams, and Amy was on the meats team. We enjoy coaching
4-H and FFA livestock judging teams and have had eight teams win the state
contest and go onto national competition.
Justin graduated from NDSU with a degree
in Animal Science and Kansas State University with a MS in animal science
with emphasis on swine nutrition. He was on the meats and livestock
judging teams at NDSU. Currently he is working in the Beulah area and is
involved in the day to day operations of the Rambouillet flock.
Cassie married Spencer Jones in 2007.
They both received their undergrad and MS degrees from Kansas State
University. Cassie earned a Ph.D. from Iowa State and is currently a
professor in the feed science department at Kansas State University.
Spencer is a nutritionist at Wildcat Feeds in Topeka, Kansas. Spencer,
Cassie, their son Ty, and daughters Hadley and Hayden also have a
registered Angus herd at their home in Belvue, KS.
time Champion ram at the Texas major shows. Perhaps the most
successful show ram in Texas history.
§Fort Worth Stock Show §San Antonio Stock Show §San Angelo Stock Show
Worth Stock Show
THANKS TO THE
A special thanks to Kade and Wesley Hodges of Sterling City, TX for their
support in 2012. The purchased virtually all of the sheep we consigned to
public auction. It certainly is an honor to have such a historic
Rambouillet flock place their faith in our breeding program as they plan
to re-establish their prominence in the Rambouillet breed.
Also thanks to Radde Ranch from Sterling City, TX for the support
over the past years. Delmar will be missed following his passing in
More thanks go out to the Kott family of Junction, TX for the
excellent job you have done preparing and showing sheep that were
purchased from us.
STUD RAMS ARE CURRENTLY
WORKING IN THESE FLOCKS!
Ranch, TX Veit
University of Wisconsin,
Delmar Radde, TX
Josh Sanders, ND
Kyle and Jennifer Vanderbeek, ND
MN - National Champion Ram
Spring Valley Farm, MO – Reserve Champion Ram at Sedalia