In 2020, we made a conscious decision to shift our focus to preserving heritage livestock breeds.
We searched the entire United States for the highest-quality foundation stock. We eventually acquired animals from Belle Fourche Farm (GA) in 2022 and Emerald Park Farm (WA) in 2023. These two farms have animals in the top 5% of the Dexter breed worldwide. It is our intention to continue the legacy of excellence started by Belle Fourche and Emerald Park in our Tennessee Dexter herd.
Unearthing a breeder of heritage Jersey Giant stock proved to be the biggest challenge of all. I had three separate boxes of chicks shipped in from Maria Hall (IN) in late 2022 as our foundation. Her flock originated with her grandmother and is over 100 years old. We then added additional chicks from Kathy Rowe (KY) in 2023 to broaden our genetic base. 2024 will be our first on-the-farm breeding season for Jersey Giants. We are excited to see our own chicks hatched!