Where Heritage Means Everything..
Growing up on a farm in South Dakota, Matt Hemmer always enjoyed interacting with the animals. When he was 11 years old his father made a career change and moved to Kansas. After 40 years Matt finally made his way back to the farm where he found himself drawn to the rare, unique and unusual. As he became more serious about his hobby he chose to take the next step and begin the work of restoring several heritage breeds. His goal is to increase their numbers and take them back to their former productive status – to a time when each of the breeds had to earn their keep. Matt is a firm believer in the adage “you have to eat them to save them” therefore he is not only raising heritage animals but raising high quality food.
Today Smoky Buttes Ranch grows quality food, raises Soay sheep, Welsummer chickens, Erminette chickens and two colors of Faverolles; Salmon and Mahogany. Soay sheep are available all year. Baby chicks are available throughout the Spring, with limited offerings in the Fall. We generally have started pullets for sale, starting Mid-Summer. High quality chicken and lamb products (eggs and meat) are available on-farm or through our local outlets.
Please look at our breed’s page for more information or contact Matt with any questions you have.