Our family: Our family consists of my husband Gary and I. We also have nine Shelties, three border collies and two working livestock guardian dogs. A BIG family needing lots of care, attention and training.
Farm Bureau: I believe we joined Farm Bureau in 1990 when we moved to our 135-acre farm in Ross County. We were brand new to farm living but felt it was a necessity to support the farming community by supporting the Farm Bureau and its endeavors.
Your farm: When my husband accepted a job in Chillicothe, we took the necessary move to the new area by purchasing our farm for our dogs. It has provided the desired elbowroom to raise and train them. When we moved to our farm 20 years ago it had been all in soybeans and corn. After consulting with experts, it was decided that our hilly land was best suited to pasturing, which went along with my desire to maintain a flock of sheep for use in my stock dog training.
What is your passion? I love to train dogs and have been extremely involved in breeding and training for more than 45 years. Our Shelties have been competitive in a wide range of dog sports. Our border collies have focused on stock handling. The farm has allowed us to focus extensively on training for farm/ranch use and competition in all venues of stock dog trials.
What’s happening on the farm? In the last few years we have switched from lambing approximately 200 lambs in a three week period each spring to purchasing approximately 70 recently weaned hair lambs and feeding them through the summer to sell in the late fall. So far this has involved considerably less labor, provides lots of training sheep (for the dogs) and has made a profit.
Achievements: My husband and I have done consistently well in many of the dog competitions in which we participate. The care and training of the dogs and enjoyment of fellow competitors ranks above any actual awards.
What is the biggest misconception you’ve heard about farming? There is a lot more “studying” to farming than anyone not involved would believe. Records must be kept, there’s lots of reading to stay current and learn about new ideas and you attend informative events to help maximize production.
What do you want your legacy to be? I hope my husband and I are able to, in our own way, help open up the world of using stock dogs to improve livestock handling and operations.