What's New at Glenn Land Farm?
After selling all of the goats to make room for more sheep and cattle we have now sold off all of the unregistered, commercial ewes and about 20 cows to accommodate the drought. Hopefully, the drought will be short lived and we can then adjust our numbers as needed to best manage our pastures. That puts us at about 300 registered White Dorper ewes and 35 registered Dexter cows to lamb and calve in the next production cycle. We are sad to see some of our ewes and cows go, but they are now helping someone else and we are able to concentrate on high production levels in those remaining. Our sheep are registered with the American Dorper Sheep Breeders Society and we are also members of the Western States Dorper Sheep Association. We are charter members of the Purebred Dexter Cattle Association and are also members of the American Dexter Cattle Association.
In April of 2004 we were able to sell our original farm near Orland, California and buy a fabulous farm just 7 miles away. The new farm features 160 acres of irrigated pasture, an outstanding set of barns, corrals and lanes, plus 70 acres of unimproved grazing land along Walker creek. Our recently remodeled home sets just above the creek with a view of all of the pastures. The irrigated pasture is set up for intensive grazing and will handle at least 200 Animal Units during the grazing season.
Our farm is located in the Sacramento Valley, along Interstate 5, 90 miles north of Sacramento and 150 miles Northeast of San Francisco. Traveling from the north or south on I-5, simply take Exit 614 (Road 27) just south of Orland. We are on the West end of Road 27. Our address is 6352 County Road 27, Orland, CA 95963.
Wes retired after teaching for 35 years at California State University, Chico. He taught Animal Nutrition, Feeds and Feeding, Ag Leadership, Undergraduate Research Methods and Sheep Production. Since retirement Wes has devoted his time to developing the new ranch, breeding high quality Dexter cattle and White Dorper Sheep. Jane has taught part time at the local community college, raised two sons and produced and shown breeding sheep and project lambs for 4-H and FFA exhibitors across the country. Jane spends her “spare” time apart from the ranch work, crafting decorative items and gourds which she sells at craft fairs and livestock events. Both Wes and Jane judge sheep and fleeces at fairs on the West Coast.
We would love to hear from you concerning questions about Dexter cattle or our sheep flock. Please see our sales pages for cattle and sheep for sale. Please e-mail or call us with inquiries.
Dexter cattle: The demand for Dexter cattle has been brisk and we will not be able to increase the size of our herd in the near future because of the drought, so we will have some of our best cattle available in our online Production Sale in October. Watch for updates on the sale. We will continue to have lines of black, dun and red cattle, including both horned and polled animals. We will continue to do genetic testing to allow buyers to make more informed purchasing decisions.
Our A.I. bulls all come from good milking lines and are all free of chondro and PHA. Glenn Land Mr Tor and Glenn Land Mr Fire Man are both A2/A2. Mr Redfire, Mr Shawn and Mr Fire Man are all registered with both the PDCA and ADCA. We introduced English genetics from Beryl Rutherford's Hedgehog III bull and transferred fresh embryos from one of our best females.
The Glenn Land Farm Dexter herd was established in 1989 based on bloodlines from Missouri, Idaho, Oregon and California. Original cattle were selected for their conformation, temperment and calving ease. During the past 20+ years these traits have been emphasized plus uniformity of type has been established. Herd size will eventually work up to about 60 cows, plus replacements and bulls. We now have a larger selection of breeding animals and steers available. Our cattle are run on irrigated pasture in the summer and on native pasture in the winter and little or no supplemental feed is required.
White Dorper sheep: The demand for our White Dorpers has been very strong and we are pleased that significant numbers of rams are finding their way into commercial flocks across the country. The fact that dorpers finish on pasture, produce mild flavored meat and are easy-care is driving the demand.We have been using Australian genetics for several years through A.I. and will continue to improve our flock in this manner. We sell ewes and rams to people who want to stop shearing and have easy care sheep. Our market lambs find their way into a variety of ethnic markets and to upscale supermarkets and restaurants in California's wine country and the San Francisco Bay Area.