Seth and Amanda established Roving Ram Ranch in 2019, and although they are new to sheep, they both have many years of livestock and grazing experience that have led them to this place. Seth’s family raised cattle in Montana for most of his childhood, and as an adult, he continued to keep a small herd on his ranches in the Phillipsburg area and in Trego, MT. Amanda started her livestock career working on Wisconsin dairies and attending the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has degrees in Biology (B.A.), Agriculture (B.S.), and Agronomy (M.S.), with coursework for the latter degrees focused on rangeland ecology and management. She also raised Savannah and Boer meat goats for many years, using them for grazing projects in both Oklahoma and Nebraska.
The farm has 20 wooded acres at the base of the Swan Mountain range, close to where the Flathead and Swan Valleys meet. We share these acres with black bears, grizzlies, wild turkey, mountain lions, and deer—all of which have been spotted here on our land! There are also wolves and coyotes nearby, we just haven’t had any up-close encounters with them yet. The home farm is where lambing takes place each year, as well as our early spring shearing. During the majority of the year, however, the sheep graze over 80 acres a few miles away in the Flathead Valley. This leased land is part of a unique partnership with a local family whose land was used for Christmas tree production for many years, but who now want to have the land used for sustainable livestock production that utilizes regenerative grazing strategies to help restore healthy vegetation and soil communities (read more about our approach to grazing management under the ‘Grazing’ section).