The Estill Family has been ranching in California for generations. The Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley, California was purchased by John, Lani and Jewell Estill in 2005 while expanding their Rambouillet sheep operation into the High Desert area of Great Basin in Northwest Nevada and Northeast California. The sheep range now runs from Sulfur Mines, NV to the Warner Mountains, CA. The sheep graze on Forest Service and BLM public land grazing permits for much of the year. They lamb outside under the watchful eye of the sheepherders and their dogs. It is a lifestyle rooted in tradition and grandeur. Close to the earth, close to nature and ever so open and exposed to elements beyond control of man.
The Rambouillet Breed of Sheep is closely related to the well known Merino Breed. The Rambouillet wool is the same soft fiber as the Merino, but the breed has been adapted to fit the American open range model of raising sheep. They are perfectly suited to large, wide open outside country and their gregarious, herding instinct has made them the perfect breed for our area.
Lani's Lana -Fine Rambouillet Wool