Doughty and her husband Jimmy have a registered Dorper sheep operation just
outside of Reform, Alabama on Alabama Hwy 17.
The farm consists of over 140 Ewes and in 2012 the Doughty’s sold 216
lambs. The Doughty’s market these lambs
mostly toward seedstock for both registered and commercial breeders.
In 2002 Tammy started with 4 Suffolk
ewes and quickly grew to 125 Suffolk ewes in 5 short years. However, Tammy noticed a problem with her flock
of sheep. The Suffolk’s are a breed
known for their great growth rate and their wool. The wool breeds have an extremely difficult
time surviving summers in the south. The
heat and humidity in the south is a great environment for the reproduction of internal
parasites that have a negative effect on sheep health. Parasites along with the heat and humidity
played a crucial role on the wool breeds of sheep being unable to work in our
environment. Therefore, in 2007 the
Suffolk’s were sold.
In 2006, the Doughty’s started their
Dorper flock. The dorper breed is known
for their adaptability in our climate here in the south. Dorper’s are a breed of sheep that is classified
as hair sheep instead of a wool type breed.
Please, refer to “Easy Care” sheep, authored by Lyndi Jury, Animal
Science and Forage, Regional Extension Agent on a following page. Mrs. Doughty has relied heavily on experts at
the University of Kentucky Sheep Unit in Lexington, Mississippi State College
of Veterinary Medicine in Starkville, Veterinarian’s that are associated with
the University of Minnesota and Auburn University by way of the Alabama
Cooperative Extension System. She is not
distance challenged when it comes to finding the best information for her needs
on the farm.
Doughty’s marketing program has changed since they have gone from more of a
commercial to a seedstock operation.
Prior to 2010, some of the lambs were sold private treaty “off the farm”
with the rest being comingled with other lambs and shipped to the sale barn in
New Holland, Pennsylvania. Now, the
seedstock are sold and shipped all over the southeast. Since 2010, they have sold seedstock into
Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.
On the national level Mrs. Doughty has
participated in the M.H. Wyman National Leadership School for the American Lamb
Industry in San Angelo, Texas http://www.nlfa-sheep.org/leadership.html and
will do so again in the coming months.
In addition, she is an Associate Director with the National Lamb Feeders
Association from 2011 to present. She is
also on the Board of Emerging Entrepreneurs for the American Sheep Industry and
is currently serving as the state director for the American Dorper Sheep
summation, the Doughty’s have been great to our community as it relates to
being ambassadors for agricultural as whole, animal agriculture and the sheep
industry. Patti Presley-Fuller, County Extension
Coordinator in Pickens County explained that are national boards and associations are thankful
that Tammy and Jimmy Doughty are in the sheep business.
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