During their years of involvement in Montadale production, Ron assumed a significant leadership role with the Northwest Montadale Association, the Oregon Purebred Sheep Breeders Association, and the national Montadale Sheep Breeders Association. In June, 2005, he completed his twenty-seventh year on the national Board of Directors and was named a lifetime Honorary Director. He served five terms as president of the northwest association and two terms as president of the national association, plus a stint on the board of directors of the Oregon purebred association. Included in his contributions were:
•Chaired committee to re-write the bylaws and reorganize the national association with expanded geographical participation
•Regular columnist in the Montadale Mover breed publication
•Started and published the Northwest Montadale Newsletter
•Proposed, then started, along with friend George Murdock, the national Montadale Regeneration Project (returning to the foundation breeds that were used to create the Montadale breed in order to establish a new line of Montadales)
•Co-authored the publication - History of the Montadale Sheep: Fifty Years from Dream to Reality
•One of the original sponsors of the Oklahoma Project which established a ewe flock at Oklahoma State University and ewe lamb essay contest for youth
•Provided rams for test at the Meat Animal Research Lab in Nebraska and for a commercial ram performance test at Oregon State University
•Donated numerous animals to various avenues to promote Montadales among youth in the northwest
The R & G Montadale Flock was founded in 1976 with nine ewes from NW flocks. To speed the flocks progress, Ron and Gail attended the 1977 National and purchased McGrew’s Champion Yearling Ram - Geronimo, Dunseth’s 3rd yearling ewe, and Morehead’s 5th yearling ewe. They also purchased three yearling ewes from Christopherson’s in South Dakota. Additional ewes were added from Crome, Dunseth, Handy, and McGrew flocks in 78 and 79. Probably their biggest leap forward came with the addition of five closely related ewes from Morehead’s 1980 Dispersal sale and the private purchase of Morey - their 1st Ram Lamb from the 1978 National.
Stud rams that followed Geronimo and Morey included Broken Arrow, a Jackpot son; Western Express, an Orange Express son; and Kansas, a Stauffer Buckwheat son. It is signiifcant to note that each of their first five stud rams produced at least one national champion for R & G Montadales. With a move to Walla Walla, Washington in 1990, R & G began to share rams with their good friend George Murdock. Shared rams included Expectation - a Transamerica son; High Profile - National Reserve Champ out of Grand Design; Attitude Adjuster - out of New Dimensions; SJ - a grandson of GG, plus several other rams of their own breeding. A career move back to Oregon in 1998, along with George’s sale of his Walla Walla farm resulted in their forming a partnership with the Wilkinson-Murdock Montadales from 1999 through 2004.
Most Montadale flocks on the west coast include significant influence from R & G or Wilkinson-Murdock breeding.
One of R & G’s last yearling ewes - out of Back to the Future, their Regeneration Project ram.
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