Located in Central Indiana near the small town of Atlanta, Henderson Suffolks came to life in 1984 when Denny and Jan Henderson agreed to purchase a few Suffolks as a 4-H project for their children, Michelle, Brad, and Bret.
Denny grew up raising Poland China hogs and commercial cattle and told his mother that he would never own a sheep. As the saying goes, never say never!
The sheep quickly replaced the rest of the livestock and over 30 years later, what started out as a small 4-H project has grown into a successful, family-operated Suffolk breeding program.
The third generation is now actively involved in all aspects of the Henderson Suffolks program.
We purchased the first ewes from Marion Eller of Kokomo, IN in September of 1984. The following summer, we purchased Jack and Jerry Smith’s flock, Jericho Farms, Inc., of Tipton, IN. Over the next few years, we worked closely with Bill Jones of West Lafayette, IN and the Shepherd family of Russiaville, IN to continue to grow the flock. In 1995, we raised our first Indiana State Fair champion, a ram lamb sired by a “Kansas City” son we acquired in the Bob Rowe Flock Dispersal. Then, in the early 2000’s, we purchased our first ewe from Al Harwood, Double H 0110, who won her class as a lamb at NAILE in 2001, and was Grand Ewe at the Wisconsin State Fair as a yearling in 2002. That original Harwood ewe led us back to Al’s place a few more times over the next decade to buy more brood ewes, and in 2013 we bought the remainder of Al Harwood’s flock.
Henderson Suffolks strives to raise functional, structurally correct sheep that are easy keeping, low maintenance, and look good shown with or without wool. The brood ewes, also selected on mothering ability, live solely on pasture from weaning until late fall. With our busy lives, we believe strongly in maintaining a flock that requires minimal care.