City Limits Sheep Farm
One hundred miles west of Chicago, City Limits Sheep Farm is located on the edge of LaMoille,
Illinois. For more than 30 years we have been raising sheep. We have raised and showed a
variety of breeds including, Montadales, Oxfords, Suffolks, and Shropshires. Our first Shropshires
were purchased in 1982 from Ken Jorsted of Illinois. With just a few ewes and a stud ram, we
were off and going. Even though Shropshires weren't the first sheep on the farm, they became our
sole breeding and showing focus. The decision to focus on the Shropshires was made easier
because in 1989 we had purchased Holiday from Grant Basting of Illinois. Holiday had given us
the size and style in our sheep that we had been looking for. It only took two lamb crops to produce
our first National Champion Ewe on a yearling in 1993 at the National Show in Indiana. For the
next 6 years, Holiday consistently sired champion rams and ewes at Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and
Wisconsin State Fairs along with Louisville and the Shropshire Spectacular. Besides siring the
1993 National Champion Ewe, the 1995 Res. National Champion Ewe and being the grand sire
of the 1999 National Champion Ewe, Holiday's other major accomplishment came when he sired
the champion ram of the 1998 Shropshire Spectacular that went on to set a sale record price,
which still stands today, of $4000. From 1994 to 2003 we continued to use sons, grandsons and
great grandsons of Holiday.
In 2004 we purchased the Shropshire Spectacular high selling ram, Knockout, from Randy Rife.
Knockout quickly proved he could sire the muscling, tail set and rump structure that he exhibited.
In his first lamb crop he sired a ram lamb, Dandy, that was Res. Champion at IL State Fair,
Champion at IA State Fair and Res. Champion at Louisville along with a ewe lamb for Gayle
Hoffman that was champion ewe at Louisville.
Today we are using Slack's Entourage on our flock of about 30 aged ewes. When we say this ram
at Tom's farm in 2105 we fell in love. He has the rack, rib shape, natural thichness and muscling
we have been missing in our sheep. We consign to the Ohio Shropshire Classic and The
National Shropshire Sale in Springfield. We exhibit at a few state fairs, numerous county fairs, and
Our family is excited about the next generation of sheep showers. We have 5 grandchildren:
Jaedyn 13, Rachelle 12, Logan 12, Hunter 10 and Drake 8. As the grand kids get older they are
now showing the desire to continue the tradition of raising, showing, and selling Shropshires.
Drake helping mom and dad work
with lambs, Spring 2010.
Jaedyn showing her ewe lamb
"Charlie" at the 2010 Spectacular
Show & Sale Junior Show.