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KWL/Silver Smith Genetics

We caught up with the breeder of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2023 San Antonio Stock Show. We invite you to read our candid interview with KWL/Silver Smith Genetics below and please continue to check back often for our next edition of “Breeder Spotlight.”

Who had the biggest influence on you to start your own herd?
My grandpa. He had sheep when he was a kid. My mom raised sheep, and now we as a family have 300 head on the family farm.

First buck you can remember you bred to:
A Martin 0200 Grandson

Favorite ewe? Why?
Fefe…. Well we just love her.

Growing up what did you think your occupation would be?
I thought I would be a meteorologist. Daily weather reports from Allison Smith on TV lol

Are you still on the farm or buildings that you started raising sheep in? If not, when and why did you decide to move?
Yes, we are still located on the farm where my grandpa grew up outside of Emporia. We have now built 3 buildings on the property, but some of the existing buildings are still in use today

What has been the scariest decision for your operation?
Buying Dwayne Hurliman’s purebred Dorset flock.

If you could add one thing to your operation, what would it be and why?
Fence line feeders. It would make throwing buckets so much easier.