Waller Family Suffolks
Welcome! We have been raising sheep for generations starting in 1950's.
For 25 years our base flock has included all top ewes with no reductions from sales nor additions of any purchased ewes. Replacements are selected on overall body perfection with emphasis on length and thickness of loin, rear muscling, structural soundness, and ease of keeping on pasture, mothering ability, and temperament. Within this time period we used line breeding for preferred traits with important bloodlines being influenced on the ram side with Slack genes from Peterson and Schliske Suffolks.
In 2009 we introduced two rams from Lost River Suffolks, Donna Mayes, to add overall height. “Utility” a deep bodied, strong boned ram stands 39” tall and goes back to Donna’s famous “Brutus” genes. His daughters have proved to be strong milkers, long and muscled, have good Suffolk breed expression and increased height but ewes that still flesh out well on summer pasture. “Travelor”, placed 5th as a lamb at Louisville, and topped out at 42” was bred to selected short and heavily muscled ewes. His frame came with two highly commendable traits of body thickness and unbelievable temperament he passed onto all of his offspring. The 2013 lamb crop will be influenced from a son we call “The Logger”. From a top ewe line, he is one of the most correct rams with a total combination of selected traits, we have raised to date.
In 2011 we added two more rams with popular mid-western bloodlines from Kimm Suffolks for additional rear muscling expression. Kimm 1099 finished out at 33 1/2” and came with high shoulders and extremely long with his daughters expressing heavy muscling, straight complete toplines and stylish in appearance. Kimm 10114, a flat shouldered thicker loined ram, clicked nicely with the taller “Utility” daughters. He over wintered on pasture and came off fat with zero supplements. His daughters are proving to be similar in the ease of feed and care. Crossing the Kimm rams on Lost River daughters created a quandary; most all ewe lambs met the desired trait criteria for flock replacements.
In evaluating overall flock appearance, a strong distinctive Suffolk head would complete the picture. The expanded group of 2012 ewe lambs are bred to rams from Alan Batt. One nicknamed “Rigby” is a taller, white fleeced ram while “Idaho” stands out with a flawless body and high tail set. Popular British bloodlines are in both rams and will nicely complement our ewes with their classy black heads and a touch heavier bone.