About Hill & Hollow Farms

Hill & Hollow Farms raises commercial Angus/Simmental/Hereford based cattle on grass with little to no grain. With the exception of necessary vaccinations, and antibiotics necessary to cure an illness, these cattle are chemical free. We never use growth promoting hormones, instead we choose to delay castration of our males to make use of their natural hormones. We finish our own beef on grass, because we enjoy the flavor that grass finishing provides.

Hill & Hollow Farms also raises Katadhin haired sheep. This non wool producing breed self sheds each spring reducing the need for shearing and the stress and cost involved. They have a greatly increased natural parasite resistance which means less deworming. Being a haired breed means a milder flavored, lighter colored meat. We are in the process of strengthening our genetics with the purchase of new ewes, and a new ram. These improvements will help us provide some of the best Katadhin genetics in the Midwest.

Assisting Hill & Hollow Farms with the cattle and sheep are our much loved English Shepherds Annie and Zeke. Always there to help, and quite intelligent, these dogs make raising livestock much easier. While they are not formally trained, my dogs watch me intently to understand what I am trying to do, and most of the time will come to my aide without bidding. They no to keep the cattle off of the gate when I am trying to move feed, and always help me move the cattle in and out for working. Great vermin dogs, we have almost no coons and opossums to deal with. Tremendous companion dogs that want nothing more than to be with you, and help you work, these dogs are a real joy to be with each day. We raise a litter of pups from Annie and Zeke, most every year, and have placed puppies from Texas to New Hampshire, and North Carolina to Missouri.

Tasked with protecting the sheep flock, as well as the farm, are our Livestock Guardian dogs. Our workhorse is a male Great Pyrenees, coming to us from a Boer goat farm in southern Kentucky. Our pride and joy is a female Maremma. Correctly known as a “Cane da pastore Maremma Abruzzese” which means literally “dog of the Maremma and Abruzzo Pastures”. This beautiful Italian dog is closely kin to several other mountain dogs used by shepherds in Europe for centuries. I chose the Maremma because of their almost regal appearance compared to the other similar breeds. I have loved this dog since my wife and I saw them being used by shepherds in Italy’s Tuscan region. The Tuscan shepherds used them to guard the milking sheep used to make the prized Pecorino cheese. These dogs are ever vigilant, and very hard to sneak up on. While they may seem to be napping during the day. They are keenly aware of anyone, or anything that is in the pasture with them. At night they patrol the farm, using their deep voice to intimidate predators and keep them away from the livestock. These dogs are not pets, and cannot be treated as such. They are working dogs, and take their jobs very seriously. While they are very loving to our family and friends, they see all strangers as a threat, and will react accordingly. I introduce everyone who comes to the farm to both dogs, so they will accept them as friends. These dogs really want very little to do with people, preferring to guard their charges, and to see even me, only at mealtime.

   

  • Katahdin Sheep Breeding & Meat

    The Katahdin's popularity in the USA has increased in recent years due to low wool prices and high shearing costs. This, combined with the fact that the Katahdin sheep breed is also resistant to parasites - a trait inherited from its St. Croix ancestors - makes the breed a highly productive, low-cost option for commercial shepherds. (source: Wikipedia)

  • Maremma Sheepdog Breeding

    The Maremma Sheepdog, in Italian Cane da pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese, usually referred to as just Maremmano, is a breed of livestock guardian dog indigenous to central Italy, particularly to Abruzzo and the Maremma region of Tuscany and Lazio. It has been used for centuries by Italian shepherds to guard sheep from wolves. The literal English translation of the name is "The dog of the shepherds of the Maremma and Abruzzese region". (source: Wikipedia)

  • English Shepherd Breeding

    The English Shepherd is an extremely versatile breed of working dog of the collie lineage, developed in the United States from farm dogs brought by English and Scottish settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries before fancy pedigrees became fashionable around the end of the 19th century. Many farmers appreciated the breed for their versatility and not for their flash or strict conformation to a standard of appearance. These dogs were bred to do various tasks around the farm and not for show.

  • Angus, Simmental, and Hereford Cattle

    Angus/Simmental/Hereford based cattle on grass with little to no grain. With the exception of necessary vaccinations, and antibiotics necessary to cure an illness, these cattle are chemical free. We never use growth promoting hormones, instead we choose to delay castration of our males to make use of their natural hormones. We finish our own beef on grass, because we enjoy the flavor that grass finishing provides.

For Sale

2014 English Shepherd Puppies - SOLD