Cargile Ranches have been involved in the sheep business in West Texas for over 60 years. The Cargile sheep herd began in the early 1950's when John Cargile and his father Frank began operating the ranch at Arden. Rambouillet was the predominate breed in the Southwest at the time and ranchers soon found that using Suffolk sheep in a crossbreeding program to develop fast growing quality lambs was a profitable move. At that time John Cargile began to work on a purebred herd of Suffolk to raise rams from and sell to West Texas sheep men.
Although we have over six decades of experience breeding Suffolk and Rambouillet sheep, we are progressing towards the future. We have phased out our Suffolk and Rambouillet herds.
We now have a herd of hair sheep on each of 2 ranches. The rapid growth and the excellent survivability of the lambs as well as the ability to adapt and thrive on native pastures in West Texas makes them an excellent choice as an alternative to take the place of our Suffolk and Rambouillet herds. Because of the gentle nature of these hair sheep they are easy to handle which results in less stress on the herd during gathering, weaning lambs and general maintenance. One day soon we hope to be able to offer rams and ewe lambs for sale to the general public. Our goal will always be to sell range ready livestock to the stockmen of Texas and beyond.
In addition to changing to hair sheep, we have added sheepherders through the H2A Program which allows us to employ individuals from Peru. These herders have helped a good deal by guarding the sheep, working on predator control and staying on top of overall herd health.