Graze N Grow Farm is run by Jim and Ruth Draper of Sheffield, IL.
“Jim has raised sheep all of his life. About six years ago, we switched to Katahdin sheep because there wasn't a good market for wool. These sheep just shed their hair in the field, so the don't have to hire a shearer. It costs a lot to have them shorn, and we couldn't get a good price for the wool," said Ruth Draper.
The Drapers sell lambs "on the hoof" and deliver them to be slaughtered for their customers. They don't use hormones or antibiotics, which is something their customers like.
"We have a very ethnically diverse customer base. We sell a lot of our lamb to the Hispanic, Muslim and Greek population. We're on Interstate 80, and people see our sheep and turn off the road to find us," she said.
If you're subscribed to our email newsletter, you may remember that we were expecting a litter of pups early this fall. Well, they're here! Our guard dogs are Anatolian Shepherd and Pyrenees mix, and they help us keep coyotes and other harmful animals away. Both mom and dad are Anatolian/Pyrenees cross and dad is my best guard dog, so I have high hopes for these newcomers. If you know someone who may be interested in one of our puppies, please call
815-866-2294 for more information!