The Young Family has been a family farming operation dating back through
Ron’s father, Gaylord, his grandfather, Arthur and his great-grandfather,
The Buckeye Acres purebred sheep segment was established in 1965 with the
purchase of two Suffolk Ewe Lambs and a Yearling Ewe as an FFA project for
Ron. This project blossomed into a life long adventure for Ron and his
wife, Carla and their sons, Kris, Phillip and William and daughter Jennifer.
Buckeye Acres Suffolks is a name recognized by all Suffolk Breeders, as
their breeding stock is highly valued from coast to coast as well as in
Ron and Carla’s four children grew and began leaving for college (definitely
a huge loss of labor), Ron and Carla started thinking of how to make the
sheep a lower maintenance venture.
over a year and a half of research, Ron and Carla purchased twenty-three
bred Katahdin Ewes in January of 2001. Liking these animals, they were also
intrigued by the White Dorper Breed, so in 2002 a White Dorper Program was
established as well.
During the same time period, Ron and Carla were transforming a few of their
world class, show type, Suffolks to what they refer to as a more “user
friendly” or “production” (more muscular and performance) animal. In the
spring of 2003, Ron and Carla decided to sell their “showtype” Suffolks and
focus on their “production” Suffolks, Katahdins and White Dorpers.
Katahdin Hair Sheep grazing
on Oats & Turnips during the Winter months.
Grazing on Winter Rye
Grazing on Fescue
Ron and Carla are transforming from a grain dependent flock to a grass based
flock. The Katahdins and White Dorpers are naturals, as they love forages.
They eat a variety of legumes, grasses, oats and turnips throughout the
A close look at the turnips coming up through the oats.
With our Forty (40) years of sheep raising experience, we have shown and
sold our Suffolks from coast to coast and exported to several foreign
countries. Ron has extensive judging experience in numerous state and
national shows and sales, as well as in Mexico and Brazil.
can aid in both “easy care” (pasture raised) and “intensive” (confined)
Grazing and Pasture
Fencing and predator
Purchasing and hauling