We caught up with the breeder of the Reserve Grand Champion Ewe at the 2023 Ohio State Fair. We invite you to read our candid interview with Amburgey Genetics below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Breeder Spotlight.”
What’s the pedigree of your champion?
Chief x “Hazel” AG2025 Donor. She’s a Black Betty x Ali x Johnson 1379. She was also the mother of the Reserve Overall, 4th Overall at the 2022 Kentucky State Fair, 2022 Champion D1 at Indiana State Fair.
What makes your operation run smoothly?
I’m sure everyone in this business can relate that there never seems to be enough hours in the day. With two full time jobs and a 2yr old, we continue to learn the balancing act of it all.
Teamwork, communication, planning, support from good people, and being kind. That’s the foundation we have built around here that seems to help be successful.
Do you have another job besides raising sheep? If so, what’s your occupation?
Jordan- Director of Sales at Reproduction Specialty Group
Maggie- Senior Inside Sales- Purina Animal Nutrition
In your opinion, who has been the most influential ram across the industry?
Jordan- Quick answer, is Drop The Mic. He won them all, and now his progeny are in about every pedigree out there. Long answer, would be Burn.
Maggie- DTM & Unicorn
What’s your favorite livestock show?
Maggie- NAILE & Ohio State Fair
Do you prefer online sales or live sales?
We hold live sales to a high standard. We always try to bring our best and something that represents the kind we are striving to make. Currently we sell the majority of our babies on a private bid off sale. We have found the private bid off sale to be successful for our operation. It really allows us to build relationships and have one on one interaction with our customer base, which will always be a main goal here. That being said, we plan to incorporate more online sales in the coming year, because we understand not everyone can make it to Kentucky.