Laurie Morris was born in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and grew up in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley. She had horses in the backyard as a kid, making her “a country city kid” of sorts. Laurie studied to become an Animal Health Care Technologist in Fairview, Alberta, and pursued a career working with horses on breeding farms and racetracks. When she returned to British Columbia, she continued her work with the BC Racing Commission taking and running blood tests through a blood gas analyzer.
But what Laurie really wanted was to own property, something which she believes comes from the Saskatchewan genes she inherited from her mother. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to purchase land along the North Thompson River situated in the lower North Thompson Valley, she jumped at the chance and hasn’t looked back.
The property was initially a hog farm, and so Laurie started with raising a few pigs and completed the provincial Environmental Farm Plan that supports farm operations in completing agri-environmental risk assessments. Her hog of choice was the popular Heritage Berkshire pig.
The purchase of two Great Pyrenees dogs and the rescue of Josh the Jack Russell came next.
Laurie, however, found her passion with sheep husbandry and, after doing considerable research, decided to concentrate her efforts towards raising dual-purpose sheep that would grow her fine wool. She began her flock with orphan Corriedales, and, not surprisingly, the Corriedales multiplied.
Shortly thereafter, white and coloured Romney ewes and a Romney ram were added to the flock. They also multiplied.
One special addition to the flock was a CVM/Romeldale ram whose fibre won 1st prize in his category at the 2013 All-Canadian Classic Sheep Show that was held in Barriere, BC. Most definitely more CVM/Romeldale sheep multiplied!
In 2019 Laurie rounded up her many gentle sheep and rather charming goats and moved them to the stunningly beautiful location on Tappen-Notch Hill Road in Tappen, BC… along with her seven dogs.
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