Orchard Hill English Shepherds
ORCHARD HILL ENGLISH SHEPHERDS is located in North Central Idaho. Craig's great-grandparents homesteaded this
farm/ranch in 1901. We have a herd of Murray Grey/Angus cattle that varies in size from 90 to 10. We also raise wheat, barley,
oats, canola, and hay. Our personal start in farming began on a four-acre corner of the ranch, on a hill in the old family orchard,
and that small beginning is the source of our farm name.
As of the fall of 2014, we no longer have livestock, being retired or semi-retired from farming. I may get a flock of sheep for the
summer, just to train the dogs. I miss stock work too, and I would love to do some American Herding Breed Association trials,
like I have done with Mace in the past.
Our first dog, Mace, came to help us work our cattle. We liked the breed so well that we currently have four English
shepherds: Shepherd's Way Mace, Orchard Hill Ember, Ember's daughter Orchard Hill Steel Magnolia, and Ember's son
Orchard Hill Loki.
For a good description of English shepherd character, see the English Shepherd Club website page on character, or this page.
NEWS: My friend, Ginger Busta, plans to breed her girl Busta's Rimrock Larkspur to Mace in the spring of 2015. And I plan
to breed Mags to Ginger's Mace son, Tank. Breeding should be around the first of March for Mags, and mid-March for Lark.