Located In The Allegheny Highlands of Virginia    

                  


        FORM  ..  FUNCTION  ..  TRADITION

HIGH ROAD SHEEP 

North Country Cheviots .. Suffolks

 

                Welcome to Our Website

    High  Road  Sheep flocks represent our  commitment to the development of quality seedstock with emphasis  on profitable function and efficiency.  As a lifelong stockman on both sides of the Atlantic, I am convinced that in these changing times, breeding stock must be engineered with optimal meat production and  profitable performance  as the
logical and practical goal. Ever increasing input cost also suggests sustainability through forage utilization a necessary priority. 

    We will employ tools such as performance testing, ultrasound carcass evaluation and artificial insemination to help identify and propagate superior traits. We will also produce a number of F1 crossbred animals to help maximize production and efficiency, while adding genetic diversity and heterosis.  Our emphasis will always be on the production of profitable, practical breeding stock for the commercial shepherd, rather than on show winners.

    I have had the good fortune to have been involved with many varied seedstock  enterprises over the years, primarily beef cattle, but also sheep, horses, and  stock dogs.  North Country Cheviot sheep were my first livestock love at around ten years of age, so as a celebrated Yankee put it, "it's deja vu all over again." 

   We respect the traditional values that have inspired past generations of stockmen and strive to emulate their fortitude integrity and vision.  I have always felt privileged to belong to a fraternity bonded by a common love of livestock  and land, where adversity is sure, but reward a lifelong treasure. 
What other vocation offers the anticipation of an exciting annual renewal  of almost half of it's inventory?

   We appreciate your interest in our website. There may well be far more detailed, trivial and extraneous information and pictures provided in this site than most viewers seek, but as people are fond of saying nowadays, it is what it is. 
        Please feel free to visit.... we will enjoy showing you the sheep. 
                                                     
                                              Sincerely, 
                                         Martin Macqueen


                

                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                      The sheep on the Jim Bowen farm near Hot Springs,Virginia.

                                        

                             CROWDED HOURS

      Spring 2018 will mark ten years since our current sheep operation was founded. The last decade has been a rewarding one for us, thanks to fine sheep and the many good folks we have got to know as a result.

  We have sold sheep to sixteen states, most recently to Minnesota and Kansas. We have founded several new flocks, and have made many new friends across the country, most of whom we have never met, only connected by phone or email.

        Some highlights we enjoy recalling:

High Road Sheep sold the $2000 U.S. record priced North Country Cheviot , winning supreme ram at the West Virginia sale in 2012. At the same event, our friend Ron Fletcher sold a $1600 ram sired by Highland Banner, bred by us.

We are fortunate to have sold almost our entire lamb crop every year as breeding stock - very few go to slaughter. We strive to supply commercial shepherds with practical, profitable seedstock.
We have provided foundation genetics for several new flocks, NCC, Suffolk and crossbred.

We bred the 2013 Reserve National Champion North Country  ram and showed the Reserve National Champion female in 2015.

        Our North Country ram lamb was Reserve Champion ram at the National Sale in 2014.

We have been regular consignors to the Virginia Ram Lamb Performance Test, topping the sale in 2010 with a North Country Cheviot, and again with a $1500 Suffolk in 2015. We had the 2nd high seller in 2012 with a crossbred Suffolk x NCC.

This sheep operation was founded for Wesley Woods in Highland County, and we are indebted to Wesley for allowing us to purchase the sheep when he was forced to change plans.

Though I am clearly into the fourth quarter in the game of life, I am blessed to be granted the opportunity to still enjoy our sheep , especially the breed I started with so long ago on my grandfather's farm in Scotland. (My grandfather lived to be 94, so maybe I should not suggest that my demise is imminent quite yet)
 

I have never forgotten  what my old shepherd friend and fellow Scottish exile, Bob Offord used to say, talking sheep fifty years ago in Maryland. Referring to the sheep flock, he said,

  " You'd better stay one step ahead of them - if they ever get one step ahead of you, you are in trouble."

        I'm sure the shepherds know what he meant

I plan to stay one step ahead a while longer.


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