The Westergaard family have had commercial sheep for a number of years. Heine and Penny produced lambs for 4H projects for their four children Michaela, Maranda, Kaelam, and Mia. The Dow family have produced purebred seed stock in Ontario for four generations. Blair, Lisa, and Travis relocated to Vermilion, Alberta in 2008 allowing Blair to accept a faculty position in Animal Science at Lakeland College. Travis has been involved in sheep 4H with the Westergaard’s for four years. Early in 2013 the four Westergaards and one Dow joined forces to create WD5 Suffolks.
The flock started with the purchase of ten females and one ram in the winter of 2013 from Parker Stock Farm in Three Hills, Alberta. We appreciate the opportunity to start our flock with such quality genetics. Later in the year a select group of females and another proven stud ram were purchased from Ian Hodges of Dalmeny Farm Suffolks in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan. We believe these two bloodlines will allow us to produce quality Suffolk genetics for producers across Canada.
In 2014 we had the opportunity to purchase the Mark Comfort Suffolk flock from Eastern Ontario. The Comfort family have bred quality breeding stock for generations and we were fortunate to acquire this flock steeped in Mactaggart genetics. The ewes in the flock are deep bodied and have excellent Suffolk breed character.
The summer of 2018 the Dow family moved back home to Ontario. With the departure of the Dow’s, Heine has a new partner, his youngest daughter Mia who has a genuine love for sheep and she has added North Country Cheviots to WD5’s breeding program.