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
ewes pasture and are expected to breed on native North Dakota
grass. We think Rambouillet sheep can be "pretty" as well as
have a high percentage of scrapie resistance in our flock and
normally have a number of RR rams and ewes for sale.
you have any questions about our operation or the sheep pictured
below please contact us.
RAMBOUILLET HISTORY Benz 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.
The 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 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
Currently 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.
Benz Homestead 1914
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 March 2013.
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.
Kade Hodges Reserve Champion Ewe *Houston Stock Show Reserve Champion Ram *Houston Stock Show
Tamara Kott Champion Ram *Many time Champion ram at the Texas
major shows. Perhaps the most successful show ram in Texas
history. Champion Ewe *Fort Worth Stock Show *San Antonio
Stock Show *San Angelo Stock Show
Coy Harris Reserve Champion Ewe *Fort Worth Stock Show
STUD RAMS ARE CURRENTLY
WORKING IN THESE FLOCKS! Hodges Ranch, TX Veit Rambouillet, SD University of Wisconsin, Madison Delmar Radde, TX Josh Sanders, ND Kyle and Jennifer Vanderbeek, ND Bobb Bros., MN - National Champion
Ram Goodnight’s Spring Valley Farm, MO
– Reserve Champion Ram at Sedalia Amy Joslin, OH Casey and Kristen Earl, UT Darryl Beemer, CO RRanch, SD Blewes Rambouillet, TX