West Bridgeford Meats - Producer Profile

 

Len & Hilda Tieszen

Tracking code 4621

Tieszen Family

 

The first sheep to call the Tieszen farm their home arrived in February of 2002.  We started out with 11 dorper/katahdin cross ewes, and now are hovering around the 300 ewes mark.  The dorper and katahdin sheep are known as hair sheep – they actually do have wool, but it is of a very poor quality and a goodly number of the sheep actually shed their “wool” when spring/summer comes around, and grow it back in the fall.  Having a poor quality of wool actually results in a milder flavored meat – the better the quality of the wool, the stronger the meat.

At this point in time we have some ewes lambing at various times through-out the year to provide the packer with fresh lamb year round

All of the sheep have access to shelter in summer and winter, and we have converted our former pig barn into a lambing barn with a number of individual ewe and lambs pens for bonding purposes. The ewes and lambs generally stay in these pens for 3 to 5 days.  This is also advantageous in as far as keeping an eye on individual lambs to check if the mom has enough milk for her lambs.  Some of the pens have a blocked-off corner area with a heat lamp in them for lambs born in colder weather.  The lambs can go in and out of the heat lamp area to be with their mom as they please.

The sheep fences are patrolled by llamas and guard dogs, since coyotes can be a problem in some areas.

Feed consists of oats, some alfalfa and brome hay and barley green feed bales.  We do not feed or inject any hormones.

It is very enjoyable to watch the baby and younger lambs – specially  when a bunch of them get together and run and frolic from one end of the barn or fence to the other while their moms are eating oats

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For more information please contact:

Leonard & Hilda Tieszen
Box 329
Hepburn, SK
Phone/Fax: (306) 947-4621