ISSUE DATE: 08/30/2010
By Jennifer Bremer
Working together as a family has allowed the Moser family of Garden Grove, Iowa, to expand what started out as a bottle lamb project to a well-respected flock of nearly 750 ewes producing many champions and great experiences for junior exhibitors across the country.
A neighbor got the Moser kids hooked on the sheep industry. In 1998, they started feeding bottle lambs, and in 2000 they had purchased their first 13 ewes. The flock has continually grown for the past 10 years, and now they have about 750 ewes to lamb next spring.
Tom and Dawn Moser wanted their children to grow up on a farm and gain important lessons in responsibility and leadership. While Dawn didn't grow up on a farm, she always enjoyed agriculture and even had an agriculture major during college. Tom did grow up on a farm in Illinois, but after the two were married, they decided their Elgin, Ill., farm was going to be surrounded by urbanization and they moved to south central Iowa.
It was great because at the time we could sell our five acres there and buy 400 acres right here in Decatur County," said Dawn.
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