Guiding our philosophy, as described above, is an underpinning of science. We do not base our selection solely on visual appearance as is common in show flocks. For over a decade, we’ve used one of the latest technologies in livestock breeding, quantitative genetics, to populate our flocks with sheep that possess the traits necessary to accomplish our common goal. As is common in today’s professional athletes, where individual skills are statistically monitored, we track several economically important traits with a similar statistical approach. Unlike in other livestock species, we have not focused solely on individual traits such as weaning weight or postweaning growth. Instead, we’ve sought to improve multiple traits in a more balanced approach, and by doing so, created sheep that are especially well-suited to low input production.