Our History

ferrell emmaFarrell and Erma Shultz showing the champion Shropshire ram and ewe at the 1947 Chicago International.

Getting Started
The history of sheep at Bunker Hill Farm is long and storied. Starting with Farrell Shultz establishing a Shropshire flock in the early 1930's and dispersal in the mid 1960's. It was an era when success was often measured by your performance at the Chicago International Livestock Exposition held each November. It was also a time when visual appraisal by seasoned and experienced shepherds was the best method of making genetic change that would affect an entire sheep industry.

74 ramBill's champion Suffolk ram at the Eastern Stud Ram Sale in the early 1970's.

The Fun Years
In the mid 1960's young Bill, mentored by his father Farrell, started a Suffolk flock which was then sold in the mid 1970's when Bill took a job with Larry Mead and the Sheep Breeder Magazine. The excitement and laissez faire environment of traveling the Midwest while fitting and showing one' sheep is a great and unforgettable adventure for many a young person.

86 ramSusan and Joe Shultz and Wesly and Karen Hoges with the 1986 National Champion Rambouillet ram bred by Bunker Hill Farm.

Paying the Mortgage
In the late 1970's Bill returned to the farm and with Susan started a Rambouillet flock which they exhibited and sold nationally for the next 25 years. It was a time of all business and where show placing often determined financial success. Selling sheep from show successes was a profitable business model for Bunker Hill Farm for over three quarters of a century, but one we feel is not sustainable as we move into a new millennium.

bill lambs logoBill and his belief that winning isn't everything...

The Next Generation
The past ten years has been a transitional decade for Bunker Hill Farm with the reestablishment of a Suffolk flock. Our goal of producing quality genetics for the commercial industry has not changed but the methods have. We feel we can no longer use traditional techniques based on visual appraisal to keep pace with world sheep genetic progress. The use of quantitative genetic analysis has increased the speed by which we can make genetic change and the coming advancements in genomics will only enhance this progress.