Chad and Linda J12 Ranch & Livestock of Utah, are lamb ranchers for Niman Ranch.
Their lambs are 100% traceable to their ranch. Chad grew up in Park City, Utah where his family has farmed and ranched for three generations. Chad’s father (Steve) and brothers (Mike and Brad) also run flocks of sheep. Each family maintains their flock separately, but they work together to produce excellent lamb.
Chad and Linda started their flock, J12 Ranch and Livestock, in 2012. The “J” is representative of their children’s names (Jordon and Jaxon) and “12” for their first year of operation. Their flock consists of 1200 mother ewes that, along with their lambs, spend summers grazing in nearby canyons in Park City south toward the Strawberry Reservoir. In late September or early October, the lambs are weaned from their mothers.
The J12 lambs move to Delta, Utah – home for Chad and Linda – and the ewes stay on the mountain for a few more weeks until weather dictates time to move. The ewes are then moved to their winter quarters ranging from the West Desert to Utah Lake. There they will be introduced to rams for breeding, and will stay through lambing (birthing) in late spring. After ewes and their lambs will head back up to their summer grazing grounds.
In Delta, Chad and Linda manage the crops and maintain the ranch where the lambs are fed. The high-quality alfalfa, three-way grass hay, and corn silage that the 900 lambs will eat this winter was grown on the Delta ranch. Feeding lambs is a new venture for Chad and Linda, and Niman Ranch is happy to facilitate the opportunity through a short-term loan and nutrition consultation.
We’re excited to bring these young shepherds into the Niman Ranch Lamb-producing family. They are active with young farmer/rancher groups both locally (Utah Farm Bureau) and nationally (American Sheep Industry Association and the National Young Farmers Coalition), and appreciate opportunities to better their operation. Niman Ranch Lamb is better for them as our partner!