My husband and I, along with our three children, started raising Dorper Sheep and Australian Shepherds on a small piece of land in the Mojave Desert. We have since moved into to the nearby mountains and are enjoying nicer weather. We started out small and have since been working up in both quality and quantity. Our goal is keep improving our sheep herd as well as our dogs in an effort to some day retire and just live a simple life off what we make from our animals.____________________________________________________________
I've known since I was a little girl that I wanted to spend every day working with animals. I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I got my first job when I was 16 as a dog groomer working for my mom,and that is what I have done since. But my real love is genetics. I started college for Animal Science but was never able to complete my degree. Having to keep a job, care for kids and living so far away from school made it too hard.
So, to fill that animal void in my life, I bought a small herd of Dorper Sheep and a small male Australian Shepherd puppy. My sheep were nothing great but it was fun to see the new babies being born and it made me feel better to raise my own meat. After a lot of research on my breed I decided to cull all my rams and buy some nice registered Fullbloods. I also bought a couple small female Australian Shepherds. From there I started to upgrade my sheep herd as well as try to breed down the size of my aussies without giving up the herding instinct that so many of the registered dogs lack.
Now I am looking to move my family closer to my job and onto a bigger piece of land. This would give me more time to spend with my animals as well as more room to expand my herd and more room for my aussies to roam!
I don't think I gave up on my dream of becoming a vet. I believe my dreams have lead me to where I am and have just changed into a joy I can share with my children.-Stephanie