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Jones Ranch

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The Jones Ranch is for us a new source of wool in 2020. In June of 2020 I had a great, long telephone call with Dirk Jones. It was gratifying to learn that Dirk had already done some research on WeatherWool!

I told Dirk we'd like to introduce his Ranch here on the website, and he sent this info to me on 8 July 2020:

Amos Dee Jones first became involved the sheep business in 1890 when he moved from Texas to Southeastern New Mexico, an area with an arid environment and tremendous temperature fluctuations. After working several years as a sheep herder and ranch hand, he established the Jones Ranch in New Mexico in 1917.

After decades of sheep breeding experience, Mr. Jones in 1920 started crossing Delaine Merino rams with Rambouillet ewes. By selective mating, Mr. Jones produced a long stapled, fine wooled sheep with a large, smooth body.

Dee Jones died in 1943, but his breeding program was carried on by his son, R.C. “Punch” Jones. Following many years of this highly selective breeding program, Mr. Jones’ ideal sheep became a reality and the breed known today as the “Debouillet”.

In 1955, the United States Department of Agriculture officially recognized the Debouillet breed, the first breed of sheep recognized by USDA as originating in the United States. The breed characteristics as described by the USDA are: producing a high quality fine wool fleece, hardy under arid conditions, and adaptable to unassisted pasture lambing. Over the ensuing years, fleeces originating from the Jones Ranch have won numerous awards at stock shows and wool shows throughout the western United States.

The Jones Ranch is currently operated by Dee Jones’ grandson, Dirk Jones and his family, with the assistance of his sister, Debbie Jones. Debbie refers to the ewes and lambs as her “family”. The “family” continues to reside on a little over 20,000 acres [8000 hectares] near Tatum, New Mexico.

 WeatherWool is proud to work with the Jones Ranch of New Mexico and the Debouillet Breed of Sheep the Jones Family has developed on their own land during a century of careful breeding.
 
 WeatherWool is proud to work with the Jones Ranch of New Mexico and the Debouillet Breed of Sheep the Jones Family has developed on their own land during a century of careful breeding.
Above, per Dirk Jones: "... that is me with the switch. We are in the process of sorting/classifying the ewes. We classify according to wool quality and body conformation."
WeatherWool is proud to work with the Jones Ranch of New Mexico and the Debouillet Breed of Sheep the Jones Family has developed on their own land during a century of careful breeding.
"The LUCO machine in the background is a wool press, where the wool in compressed into the bales that are delivered to the warehouse. In the photo is my son, July( a junior studying engineering at Texas Tech University), me, and my youngest daughter, Tara( a junior in high school). Oh, I should mention my Australian Shepard, Ellie, is also in the pic. She is my working dog. The photo was taken in our shearing barn. We typically shear mid to late February."
WeatherWool is proud to work with the Jones Ranch of New Mexico and the Debouillet Breed of Sheep the Jones Family has developed on their own land during a century of careful breeding.
 "There are four shearers in this photo. The other two are the 'wool handlers' who pick up the fleece, remove the belly wool, and place the fleece into the wool press. They also keep the shearing area clean."
WeatherWool is proud to work with the Jones Ranch of New Mexico and the Debouillet Breed of Sheep the Jones Family has developed on their own land during a century of careful breeding.
"In this photo is my oldest daughter, Chaundra, and a hired hand. They are making sure the pens next to the shearers stay full."
WeatherWool is proud to work with the Jones Ranch of New Mexico and the Debouillet Breed of Sheep the Jones Family has developed on their own land during a century of careful breeding.
 "The dog is a house pet, named UB. He loves to get into the fleeces and cuddle up, especially when it is cold."
WeatherWool is proud to work with the Jones Ranch of New Mexico and the Debouillet Breed of Sheep the Jones Family has developed on their own land during a century of careful breeding.
 "I can't say for sure when the last photo was taken. My guess is it was in December. Debouillet actually came from combining Delaine Merino with Rambouillet."

 

27 November 2020