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Old Sep 20th 2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


My oldest son got stabbed in his leg*by our six year old Rocky Mountain goat.* After that the billy has turned very dangerous.* My son Scott is fine but with all the grand children the goat had to go.* We traded the goat off for some Stone sheep and traded some mule deer for some*Alaskan dalls.* I now have three of the north American wild sheep under high fence.


We raise rocky Mountain bighorns and hybrids from the same.* Sheep are easy to raise if set up right.* Quite frankly they make much more money than my whitetail ever have for me.


I have Stone semen for the stone sheep I have as we have 50 straws at this time.* I plan to LAP AI my hybrid rocky bighorns to this semen in hopes of making some wild looking sheep.* That will use up the Stone semen for this year.


I love new projects so this fits right in with my white mule deer project and I have wanted Stone sheep for awhile.* This industry has always been good to me.* It is not a job when you wake up thinking about breeding this to that and it still makes you happy even after 35 years in this business.
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 03:10 PM   #2
 
  Nov 2013
  Mission MN
Good luck with the new venture. Looking forward to seeing some results.
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 04:31 PM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


I have sold stone looking rams at four years old for 15K so expect to raise many for my hunting friends that have those facilities with good clients.* I know they sell for 30K so we have room to work with them like in the old days with whitetail.* My hybrid rocky bighorns have been very good to me.* It is nice to be thirty miles from good sheep hunting areas as this gives me many sires to work with.


I have lined up stone semen for this year.* In years to come this may be a problem in the future.


I see some stone looking sheep from Canada were made from the crossing of Alaskan dall to Rocky Mountain bighorns.* From pictures I'm not able to tell they are not pure stone sheep.* Worst case I will cross my Alaskan dall to my rocky bighorns.


In the hunting community they feel that is how the stones were created by nature.* Stone sheep live where Alaskan dalls and rocky bighorns overlap in nature in most cases.


Thanks for the kind wishes Arrowed1
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 06:26 PM   #4
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  Feb 2013
  Markleville IN


Jack,


do you worry about sheep having mcf???
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 06:46 PM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


Jerrilee,


In the past I would run my sheep after my whitetail ate the best food down in the pen.* Two years ago I started to run my sheep and whitetail and mule deer together as I felt if my sheep had MCF they would have spread it to them in the last twenty years I have had sheep.* We have not had a case of MCF at this point so I feel my sheep are not carriers.* I know wild sheep don't carry MCF.* I might have got lucky on the haired sheep I have as they don't seem to have the problem either.


As I said my sheep out preform my whitetail money wise by leaps and bounds and if I had a problem my whitetail would be down the road as they run in the red every year.
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