— The Openherd Team

Summer Hill Farm

We love our animals!

Doug, Brooke, and Lindsay Betz
P.O. Box 696Penn Valley, CA 95946

Still lots of red!

Mae West

Sheep, California Red, Ewe (female)



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Not for Sale


I asked God a while back to help me make decisions for our farm and said I want to do this with Him.
In December, I asked a lady if I could visit her California Red ranch nearby. I had met a couple at the Nevada County Fair in August and really enjoyed their appearance and their personality.
Anyway, this lady said I could visit and then said she had a ewe she wanted to show me. I actually wasn't looking for a sheep to buy (for once), but we got to chatting. I thought "Well, if I was going to consider this girl, I'd feel better knowing she if she has a large fleece. And it'd be nice if it stayed reddish."
All I said aloud was that I need to make sure she could pay for her feed. This lady said she and her brother have the longest fleece, and they're the most red of the nearly-grown lambs.
"Interesting," I thought. I asked her if she had any sheep that would otherwise be culled, because I focus on fleece and not breeding. She said that is exactly what this ewe is, due to a black dot on her face.
Obviously, I started to wonder if these might be some indicators from God (I have a busy mind, so I ask Him to make everything loud and clear).
"What would I name her?" I ventured to wonder. "May" came to mind. Strange, since we have a cat named Ellie Mae. I asked the lady if the ewe has a name. She said her name is Mae West.

Updated 4/12/2021