Welcome to our site

Thank EWE for visiting our site!  Come back often as things change pretty often!

Our Goal

Our goal is to enjoy what we do, raise a product that is healthy and delicious!  We have chosen breeds of animals that have been carefully selected for their foraging instincts, maternal traits and excellent meat qualities.  Lush pastures provide a naturally delicious and healthy diet almost year around.  They also provide an ideal environment in which animals freely range.  Raising livestock on forages have a significant benefit for the health and well-being of the animals and in turn for our health and the sustainability of the environment.  And likewise it produces outstanding meat products!

With a goal to produce an animal that is as self sufficient as possible with as low of input as possible, the Katahdin breed was the perfect choice for us.  These sheep are as close to maintenance free as any animal I have ever been around.  We have culled and chose to produce a flock of ewes with parasite resistance, low maintenance, high fertility/prolificacy, and good mothering ability.  Doing this on forage made the Katahdin our breed of choice for our environment in middle Tennessee.

About Us

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.

Store

Check our online store for products and animals that may be available for purchase.

Updates

6 days ago

West Fork Farms

Shame on #steaknshake I ordered the 2 for $3 lunch today and this is what I thought I was getting and what I actually got. Manager needs fired for putting that product out. #done ... See MoreSee Less

Shame on #steaknshake I ordered the 2 for $3 lunch today and this is what I thought I was getting and what I actually got.  Manager needs fired for putting that product out.  #done

 

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I would have refused and asked for a refund of my money

well this is me sitting around the house....

We eat at the steak and shake in Cookeville quiet a bit and we order the 2 for $3 only and they are always awesome never had a issue never looked liked they come out of the trash like these do

Every fast food place shows a much better picture than the product served. You should know this by now! Lol

Hey pal, this ain't Burger King and you can't have it your way !

Spam twitter

Dang don't look nothing the picture but it never does . Next time tell em you will just take the picture it would probably be better .

Shame.

Sorry i do not eat this dam junk no good for me

Dang lol u must have made them mad lol

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1 week ago

West Fork Farms

Smoke'em if ya got em... Cured and smoked leg of lamb #westforkfarms #fanoflamb #lamb #sheepfarm #alpinetennessee #cantbeatthemjointhem #howdolikemenow #katahdin ... See MoreSee Less

Smokeem if ya got em... Cured and smoked leg of lamb #westforkfarms #fanoflamb #lamb #sheepfarm #alpinetennessee #cantbeatthemjointhem #howdolikemenow #katahdin

 

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That looks freakin awesome!

Yum!! Is that one of your lambs? Cuz it looks awesome!

What does to taste like if you tried to compare it to something?

Robert, I'm killing a lamb tomorrow to smoke this coming weekend for my son's graduation party. I'm planning to make a marinade for the meat before smoking. What brine or rub did you use?

Yummy! That looks so pretty ! Hope it taste as good as it looks....

How do you cure it?

Tina Keeler. Here's the recipe

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1 week ago

West Fork Farms

Smoking ain't easy but someone has to do it... Leg o lamb..... #westforkfarms #lamb #fanoflamb #merica #bge #golamborgohome #alpinetennessee #sheepfarm #eatlamb #eatlambandbehappy ... See MoreSee Less

Smoking aint easy but someone has to do it... Leg o lamb..... #westforkfarms #lamb #fanoflamb #merica #bge #golamborgohome #alpinetennessee #sheepfarm #eatlamb #eatlambandbehappy

 

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I have never are lamb..what would you compare it to?

1 week ago

West Fork Farms

I wanna be a dog..... #westforkfarms #Saturday ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Clearly a pretty relaxed bunch

You must've wore them out

2 weeks ago

West Fork Farms

To quote #tobykeith one more is never enough..... #wilsontrailers #westforkfarms ... See MoreSee Less

To quote #tobykeith one more is never enough.....  #wilsontrailers #westforkfarms

 

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You have hats, I have dogs!!! Lol

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