West Fork Farms is located in Alpine, Tennessee, right along the West Fork of the Obey River that feeds into Dale Hollow Lake. We are blessed to live in a great area to enjoy life and raise our family. Our current farm has been in my family since 1905.
Robert is a salesman for a national transportation company. Moving large construction and agricultural equipment over the US and Canada has been my profession for 25 years. Raising sheep and horses and whatever else my wife will allow has been my other “job” to fill in the hours he is awake. Always trying to increase production or revenue that can come off current land, or making adjustments to facilities to make everything more efficient is more than enough to fill in the free time gaps!
Kim is 6th grade teacher, full time shepherdess and lover of dogs. Without her there would be no sheep, or at least a whole lot less! She can fence with the best of them. In the last couple years Kim has become quite the master chef of cooking lamb.
Madison is almost finished with college hoping to get a degree in accounting and Ben is sophomore in high school trying to figure out what he wants to do down the road that doesn’t involved a farm!
We both grew up living on a farm. Not huge farms, but rather small scale especially for middle TN and southern KY. My family raised cattle and hogs. Kim grew up with her dad raising acres and acres of tomatoes. She will barely touch one to this day! We both grew up around the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, but own American Quarter Horses. When in college we found local dentist who let us keep a couple horses at his farm so we rode weekly while in college. Now we basically just like looking at them and raising a few babies a year. We do have a couple nice reining bred broodmares and hope to raise quality horses that can compete in NRHA events.
About 2010 we started looking into sheep. I liked lamb chops and thought it would be nice addition to our Angus cattle. Maybe get a few to raise for ourselves. Not wanting to shear any animals, I discovered hair sheep! Then with some research found the Katahdin breed. We started with 4 ewes and a ram and within a year we had bought 15 more ewes and were pushing 30 head. We both enjoyed the sheep and ease of handling so we decided the cattle needed to go, so we went wide open with Katahdin sheep.
Currently we fluctuate between 75 and 130 ewes and hope to reach the 300+ ewe mark.