The driving force behind Ruffin Ranch is the influence from the past. The generations that came before worked endlessly to create the path that we still follow to this day. We consider it an honor to be the sixth generation sheep ranchers on this land. It is our goal to take the lessons learned from those that sacrificed before us and utilize them to shape the ranch that is still here 139 years later.
Beauty and practicality are the main goals within the breeding program at Ruffin Ranch. Modern technology such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer are utilized to offer customers top- of-the-line genetics. Taunya takes time with each customer to evaluate their individual needs to offer the best ewes or rams to suit their operation.
Another aspect that sets Ruffin Ranch apart is the forward-thinking animal husbandry and handling practices. Taunya has sought out animal handling techniques in other countries and implemented them in Texas. She and her mother traveled to Turkey to observe first-hand how 10 shepherds can herd 1,000 sheep collectively and individually by voice.
That trip showcased sheep being handled without force or pressure, but instead, following like they were bred to do. Taunya then started implementing a more hands-on approach on the ranch. The sheep can now be loaded onto a trailer from the pasture quietly and calmly. The interest and influence for this handling technique originated from one of Taunya’s favorite bible verses.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27
Are you someone that appreciates beautiful and practical animals? Someone that appreciates the work and dedication it takes to create and care for those animals? Then Ruffin Ranch might have the perfect ewe or ram for you!
Animals and customers come first at Ruffin Ranch. When buying from us you know you’re receiving a healthy, quality animal. You also receive the individual attention to detail from Taunya that will ensure you are receiving the correct animals for your operation goals that are both beautiful and practical.