Ron Fay, weathered sheep herder lives his creed …

Ron seeks higher ground before bringing his prize ramms to their feed lot

Ron seeks higher ground before turning his prize rams into their feed lot.

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays this herder from the completion of his appointed rounds” … adapted  from USPS.  Ron Fay, who with his wife Ann, created the Rising Meadow Farm in Randolph, County, NC over 20 years ago and donated a conservation easement to the Piedmont Land Conservancy to prohibit forever the building of a big box store on their farm.  They did all of  this because it was “the right thing to do.”

“We are proud of the quality of our wool, of our meat, and of our farm, ” they will quickly tell you.  “It all starts with the way that we take care of their animals.”

Taking care of their animals “well” is obvious.  Their shearing day was only days before temperatures plummeted into the single digits.  The best hay available and improved shelter with piped in classical music would make any human jealous of Ron and Ann’s compassion, respect, and care of their farm life of cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, guineas, llamas, and alpacas.


Ron in his first morning round puts out a fresh timothy hay blend for his prized ewes who are at this time of the year pregnant.

The llamas, guineas. and chickens share in the feast.

And we all know about closing the barn door ...

The tractor, which is used to haul feed to the rams on another part of the farm, gets a brush-off.

These prize rams have fulfilled their obligation of breeding the ewes in the preceding weeks and are kept isolated at their own "men-only" shelter.


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