Langhus Sheep

"Sheep raising has always been the leading industry in Sweet Grass County (Montana). By 1895, the wool shipment reached the enormous figure of 4,138,763 pounds."



Spring 2015

New lambs will soon be here!



Langhus Sheep

Located in scenic south central Montana just off Interstate 90, between Bozeman and Billings, the Langhus family continues the sheep raising tradition in Sweet Grass County.

Using objective data, we are able to select sheep based on maternal, growth, carcass, and wool traits. Our selection tools include: National Sheep Improvement Program expected progeny differences (EPDs), ram gain test results, ultrasound Rib Eye Area measurements, fleece micron results, and extensive farm records.

Langhus Homestead Cabin

Gene was raised on the family ranch. His father later sold the sheep to focus on raising cattle, first Herefords and later black Angus cattle. Gene still helps his brothers at the Langhus' Hailstone Ranch.

In 1988, Gene and Mary purchased their farm just south of Big Timber. To help control the leafy spurge infesting land along the Boulder River, we purchased a few short term ewes adapted to eating this noxious weed. Over the years the weeds diminished while the sheep flock increased.

Today we run 100 head of registered Columbia ewes and 20 head of commercial South African Meat Merino ewes. We sell breeding rams, both yearlings and ram lambs, and replacement ewe lambs.

In addition to working with the sheep, full-time jobs in town, and raising two children, both Gene and Mary were members of the Montana Army National Guard.

Gene served for 35 years retiring in 2004 as a First Sergeant. Mary served for 29 ½ years retiring in 2006 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

We are as dedicated to raising production-oriented sheep as we were to the protection of our country and state.

In 2011, Gene and Mary Langhus were presented the Columbia Sheep Breeders of America "Sheep Family of the Year" award.

They have been actively involved with 4-H and FFA sheep activities, have donated ewes annually to the Montana Columbia Sheep Breeders Association Starter Flock program since its inception in 1999, and offer their time and experience to anyone interested in learning more about sheep and wool.

Kevin, a 2008 Montana State University graduate in Agriculture Education, taught one year in Big Timber, MT.

In academic year 2009 – 2010, he attended the University
of Wisconsin to become certified as a paramedic. In October 2009, while Kevin was in Wisconsin, he completed the Chicago Marathon (his first) in 3:44:01.

Summer 2012 he will work his 9th season as a firefighter with the Forest Service.

In Big Timber, he volunteers for the local Ambulance Service, Fire Department, and Search and Rescue. He helps us with sheep farm and cattle ranch chores.

Kevin was a 4-H and FFA member and achieved the American Degree. He got his first Columbia ewe in 1994 and currently owns 24 of the 100 Columbia ewes in our flock.

(Pictured) Kevin's 1997 Supreme Champion Get-of-Sire at the Bozeman Winter Fair.

Karin and Jeremy Hargis were married January 2, 2010.

In May 2010, Karin graduated (with highest honors) from
Montana State University with a double major in Microbiology and Medical Lab Science.

Also in 2010, Jeremy graduated in Engineering, passed his
FE exam, and was commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant.

They currently live and work in Missoula, but, look forward to helping with the sheep whenever they visit us in Big Timber.

Karin was a 4-H and FFA member, achieved the American Degree, and was selected as a National Finalist in Sheep Proficiency in 2005.

(Pictured) Karin's 2005 Reserve Champion Ram.

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