Farming isn't just a hobby.
It's a way of life.
Nestled in the heart of British Columbia's Cariboo region, Whispering Pines Farm started out in the 1980s with backgrounding calves for the feedlots in Alberta. Border Collies and horses were the mainstay of keeping tabs on 300+ head of cattle scattered across the ranges and pastures.
With stock dogs came sheep for training purposes and naturally this led to 4-H sheep for us kids. A small flock of Registered Suffolk sheep grew into a larger flock of hair sheep. Back in the 1990s, hair sheep were uncommon and everyone referred to them as Barbados. Looking back, the little white hair sheep we kept were more likely of St Croix breeding.
Due to time constraints that come with working off the farm, the farm has slowly evolved from raising cattle to raising stock dogs and sheep. The lack of a profitable wool market and lack of desire to shear sheep, the tiny hodge-podge flock of hair and wool sheep has slowly evolved into a flock of primarily hair sheep.
We are dedicated to sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices that works best for the land and for the animals. The sheep graze acres of mix grass pasture from May to October and then tuck into the barnyard with locally grown, organic grass hay and grains. lambing season starts in March and ends in mid-April.