Welcome to Tailwind Farm!
We specialize in breeding top quality Rambouillet sheep
and training working Border Collies. Thank you for visiting and please
feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Learn about our... Rambouillet Sheep
or Working Border Collies
Visit our sheep page to see our 2017 sale offerings.
Champion and Reserve Champion Ram Lambs!
Tailwind 3071 won Grand Champion Ram and Tailwind 3061 won Reserve Grand Champion Ram at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair.
Tailwind 6067 Ram, born 12/08/16, QR sired by Chapman D-150. This growthy lamb will make an excellent stud, weighing 175 lbs at 150 days.
His dam has Richard Nielsen on the bottom. His Chapman daddy has Forbes on the top for an excellent fine fleece. She had twins in early March 2015
then twins in the fall 2015. She then lambed March 1, 2016 with twins and December 8th the stud prospect below.
We have retained this rams
full brother Tailwind 6003 TW, he is RR and microned 22 (62's) with over 3.75" of staple on his 1 year of growth.
2 fall 2017 ram lambs by Chapman D-150 RR, 6062 RR & 6067 QR (pictured above). Then 4 spring 2016 young yearlings, 6014 RR, 6018 TW RR, 6009 (triplet) QR, 6045 TW RR.
We are sold out of fall 2016 and spring 2017 ewe lambs (26 head). We are taking orders for fall 2017 ewe lambs.
Our 2017 wool clip averaged 12.62 lbs on the ewe flock and 90% graded "fine". Our 2016 lambing percentage was 235% a high percentage of ewes lambing twice with twins (naturally).
Thank you to the Sasscer Family of Illinois and Glassmaker Family of Iowa for purchasing!
Tailwind Rambouillet Rams sired these spring 2017 lambs, from Maryland to Nevada!
Our very own sheep tricks...
What's new at the farm
Feed costs are the largest single input in many sheep businesses. We have implemented a few changes to lessen that impact on our operation
- No till drilling spring barley for grain as a bridge between corn crops. The small squares of barley straw bring a premium for use in ponds. Whole barley works well in lamb diets.
- In early August no till drill 3 lbs turnips, 3 lbs white radishes, and 1 bushel bin run oats for October 15-early winter pasture for gestating ewe flock. The ewes milk heavier.
- The above ground accumulates manure, crops kill over winter, radishes break up the soil, and it's ready for no-til corn in the spring.
- Our ewe flock does very well with 1# of Pipestone Vit-E & Selenium mix in 50# white salt year round. No other mineral is used on this group.
- Distiller grains, (Sept 15th $115/ton) work well in replacement ewe lamb rations with barley & oats. Refrain from use in ram lamb rations because of accumulating sulfates and negative impact on fertility. (Bobb et al, 9/2014)
- Frost seed 3 year red clover 2-3 lbs in spring(late Feb/Mar) in winter wheat for hay cutting in late summer or pasture. You can add orchard grass, alsike clover, festolium or italian ryegrass for permanent pasture.
Hope this finds you, your family and your flock well.