We caught up with the breeder of the Grand Champion Registered Ewe at the 2022 New Year Nationals. We invite you to read our candid interview with Glasscock Club Lambs below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Breeder Spotlight.”
Tell us about the breeding/genetics/pedigree of your state fair champion.
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If you could add anything to your operation, what would it be?
A dependable full time employee to help oversee day to day operations/chores. That would be incredible.
Over the last several years the use of Fresh and Frozen Semen AI, as well as flushing has evolved. How does your flock utilize AI/Flushing and if so, how has it affected your flock?
We have grown our flush/ai program fairly significantly over the past three years. In our current program we are breeding around 90% of our herd ewes via AI and have a donor pen of about 15 that will be flushed a couple of times a year each. I don’t think there is a better or more efficient way to put your flock on a progressive path because the plethora of elite bucks available to breed via AI out there vs completely relying on your one keeper buck anymore. In the age of the online sale AI/Flushing has made it easy and in our opinion is almost imperative for having success with online sales because it affords you the ability to sell groups of lambs that are uniform in age.
Do you have a job besides raising sheep, if so what?
This operation is my one and only job. I often joke that I may as well get a face tattoo and make myself completely unemployable elsewhere. It’s success at this or nothing for me.
Do you have a set time you like to have chores done by?
I like to be started on chores by 7:30 every morning, and evening chores depend on time of year and temperature. The time they get finished by is less important as we like to be thorough and ensure that nothing is sick or needs attention.
Do you have a routine while choring, if so what is it?
The routine is another thing that varies around here. Depending if it’s lambing season or not is the main factor. The most consistent and important part of our routine as that we always finish with waters and clean/refill at both chore times if they are not on an automatic water.
What do you think has impacted the sheep industry the most within the past 10 years?
Without a doubt the frozen/fresh semen market and advancements in AI/Flush methods.
You have a week to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Somewhere by the ocean with beautiful water and great drinks