More than 70 people attending the 2018 American Sheep Industry Convention in San Antonio, including those from several U.S. states, Canada and Australia, got a firsthand look at sheep production in Texas during their recent tour of Hillingdon Ranch in Comfort.
The group was given an inside look at the operation of the 130-year-old family-owned ranch, which not only produces fine wool sheep, but also Angus cattle, Angora goats and white-tailed deer.
“We selected our animal mix based on the native plants adapted to the Hillingdon Ranch,” said Robin Giles, who along with wife Carol, son Grant and daughter-in-law Misty, manage the 10,000 acre-plus ranch. “Most places select a type of livestock and then manage their land to accommodate them. We do it the other way around.”
Currently the ranch supports about 4,000 goats, 200 head of cattle and about 500 sheep.
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