THISTLESTONE FARM

 

Thistlestone Farm was established in 1979. We slowly expanded over the years and our flock grew to about 400 head, Polled Dorset and Suffolk, purebred and commercial. We successfully managed for many years an accelerated lambing program, where ewes had the opportunity to lamb 3 times in 2 years. All our animals were on the Canadian Record of Performance Testing Program (ROP) which included EPD's. (We have cut back the past few years to 200 ewes and are on a once a year staggered breeding/lambing program.)

 

We have been a closed flock since 1988 to help ensure an excellent health status. We have never had any issues with scrapie, spider, foot-rot, etc. We have routinely tested negative over the years, in specific testing for Maedi-Visna, Q-Fever, Brucellosis and Chlamydia at client requests. We have an international client who every few years purchases a randomly selected group of lambs.This group is then subjected to two batteries of blood tests for Leptospira, Toxoplasma, Border Disease, Brucella Abortis, Brucella Ovis, Maedia Visna,Bordetella, Chlamydia, Q-fever, and Bluetongue.All tests for two decades have been negative. All these results are available.We have been acquiring any new rams through the use of Artificial Insemination up untill 2014..

In 1994, we imported British Suffolk embryos through the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, Scotland. These embryos were all from top breeders in the U. K. Suffolk Sire Reference Scheme. The embryos were then implanted into our ewes and lambs were born in April 1995. In 1996, we brought in new Dorset bloodlines into our flock, that originated from Australia, which feature heavy-muscling and traditional breed type.

 

Our main goal has always been to supply the sheep producer with sound, viable, working sheep. The Dorset having excellent maternal and out-of- season traits, the Suffolk having the fastest rate of gain, making an excellent Terminal Sire.

 

We have sold livestock across Canada and into the U.S.A., Mexico and Russia.