Welcome to the online location of the KF-Acres operation. This website has proven year after year to be a valuable tool in public awareness, marketing, and merchandising of our breeding stock the products of fleece and meat. At KF-Acres we raise Oxford and Natural Colored sheep, as well as Shorthorn beef cattle. Unlike some flocks, we strive to maintain a modern, updated version of our website. We see no benefit to having a webpage that is outdated by 4 years. As a result, we have recently broke the International, as well as 20 state marker for selling breeding stock.
The year 2015 will mark the 15th year we have raised Oxfords, the 11th for having Shorthorns, and our 3rd year having Naturally Colored sheep. What started out as the desire to have something different (Natural Coloreds), has flourished into a passion to be completely changed. In addition comes the avenue of selling fleeces from this new side of the flock, as well as from our Oxfords. It's been a wild ride, but our first year was deamed a success. As we move into our new year, we've changed the operation to allow for a once per year shearing, to increase the value, and demand of our fleeces! As always, a limited number of butcher lambs will be offered for consumption. In addition our custom trimming and fitting business is ever growing- and as a result we'd prefer to dedicate more quality time to those loyal customers as we reduce our brood ewe numbers.
Feel free to browse around, and be sure to check out our current stud ram page, as well as learn more about our new and exciting Natural Colored adventures!
Thank you for your time and for checking out our website!
Jody & Kelly Kabat
Phone: (618) 322-2582 (217) 556-3800
Farm visits welcome ANYTIME!
Conveniently located at the intersection of two Interstates and four IL State highways!
-one half hour east of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, 1/2 mile from I-72
Jones 15-08 RR
Announcing uncharted territory for the KF-Acres oxford flock with the addition of this 100 percent outcross ram that we'll be calling "RRarity".
Jones 15-08 RR is the first outcross ram to be added to the breeding program since a foundation sire in 2003, and only the 3rd since our start in 2000.
He's been brought on board to be the next step on the Blood Money daughters. His style and type should complement them, as well as springboard us forward to modern trends.
Combining several Midwestern sheep that I have seen in person, with a very maternally oriented west coast breeding program, and super breed type, gives us lots of anticipation.
Special thanks to Andrea Jones in California for working with us to get "RRarity" to Illinois. But more importantly be sure to check out her consignment to the national sale in a few weeks!
"Mary Lambchop" & "Sampson"- our first ewe & ram
Like most sheep operations, ours began a wool spinning hobby project for my mom, and later as a 4H project for me - when I was five years old. In 1993, a $25 Corriedale ewe lamb, and the next year, a crossbred ram lamb were acquired from; in the case of the ewe lamb- mom's wool spinning friend- and with the ram lamb- an uncle who thought "We needed babies"- and so he dropped off a ram. We continued producing crossbred; run of the mill lambs for several more years- (both lived and produced until 12 years of age- although the ram was sold to another flock when we bought our first Oxford stud ram). I wish I could buy a $25 ewe that could do that now!! These sheep were a great learning experience- and very easy to maintain for a youngster as I was. They set the foundation of our learning curve- and actually inspired us to reach for higher goals. I had been a member of the county livestock judging team- and found it embarrassing to show up to the fair with bottom of the class livestock, while my peers were on the top. I could out-evaluate them in practices and at the contests- but when it came down to it- they beat me in the showring. And so changes came!
To the left, is Jody pictured in 1996 with his first market lamb exhibited, and sold at our county fair- boy have things changed!
In the year 2000, THE decision was made to increase my flock both in regards to quality, and quantity- and actually have a specific breed to focus towards. As a 7th grader, I researched for months- and finally an unknown breed was chosen- Oxfords. I selected them based upon very few criteria. The first- Oxfords were a large breed, and at this time BIG won shows- most specifically our county fair. Second, Oxfords were fairly uncommon in our area of the state, and I've always strived to be "a little" different. Lastly, although the Oxford breed was fairly uncommon in our area, Illinois actually ranked highest in the country for the most Oxfords produced (by FAR)- so this meant that the availability of breeding stock to sort through, select from, and purchase would be easily found within reasonable driving distance- back then. My dad did a little research of his own, and planned a surprise trip to visit a flock in the next county over. With my 4H money from selling the previous year's steer- I purchased two ewe lambs from this man- and my love for Oxfords had begun!
Over the years, several breeds have come and gone with the intentions of producing a show string for the county fair season, which is a huge thing in Illinois. Montadales, Southdowns, Polled Dorsets, and club lamb style sheep of various 'classifications' were produced, and eventually dispersed. During this time experimenting with other breeds, the love and dedication to the Oxford breed flourished.
College would start for me in 2006- and the experience with fitting of show sheep through a new family friend would flourish. Furthermore, during this year- our first purchases were made directly from the Tom Harris flock. This decision would prove to be the best one yet. Again this year, we would try our hand showing an extra set of Montadales, Corriedales, Lincolns- and maybe a few others!
2007 was the turning point in the KF-Acres operation. To start the year off, we purchased the highest selling Oxford ewe from the Ohio Showcase sale. We then purchased the Thomas Harris Oxford flock in Iowa, and to help pay for this purchase everything but the Oxfords was sold. The history of the Thomas Harris flock is perfect- tracing roots back past 1929, the year Thomas was born. History books can be written about this outstanding seed stock flock from Iowa- from its dedication to Oxfords, youth, and to the continual production of breed bettering Oxfords. The distinction of influential breeding stock in flocks across the country bearing Harris prefixes, CAN NOT be totaled up; and neither can the total number of national champions produced from parents with the "Harris" prefix- especially through the Double "O" Acres flock. Most recently, Thomas Harris has been elected into the American Oxford Association's Hall of Fame. We added 20 Harris ewes to our already established 25-30 breeding age females. I heard a quote once that said the following, "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to spot a Harris ewe if you have truely seen one or know enough about the breed." I really love this, it's so true! During this year, to help pay for the Harris ewe additions, we decided to disperse all of our sheep not of the Oxford breed, and focus solely upon our Oxfords. The economy, and dispersal of our show flocks, would cease our county fairing days as well.
After purchasing our first farm, and getting married, we began looking for a 2nd breed; but not for your normal reason of showing. We wanted something to fulfill a desire of fun, friendship, and just plain enjoyment. We exclusively research the colored sheep for 3 years before jumping on board, and after reducing our Oxford flock from 75 to 12 we were hooked on blacks. What started out as the desire to have something different has flourished into a passion to be completely changed. In addition comes the avenue of selling fleeces from this new side of the flock, as well as from our Oxfords. It's been a wild ride, but we have considered it a success.