Viking Show Lambs and Genetics is owned and operated by the Knudson family. The story behind the initiation of our company starts years ago, thanks to one tiny lamb by the name of Leslie.
Owner, Terry Knudson Recalls…
After a routine trip to Minnesota to visit my parents, I returned home with a 2-day old lamb that had a badly broken leg. That lamb, against all odds, survived, and came to be known as Leslie. She quickly outgrew her little box in the kitchen, so I moved her to a more spacious area in our detached garage where she would be more comfortable. After several months of feeding Leslie every day, it became obvious to me that feeding 10 lambs would be just as easy as feeding one. So in the fall of 1997, our family purchased 10 more ewe lambs!
After some extensive research and persistence, the acquisition was finally completed. Soon after, a 40’ x 60’ pole barn was erected. Slowly but surely, a sheep operation had been born! The initial business model was based completely on show lambs and breeding stock, which continued for 3 years. It was in the year 2001 when the official establishment of our first company, Viking lamb LLC, took place, which happened to also coincide with the first direct sales of processed lamb to restaurants!
Many say that the best ideas are born out of necessity, and that certainly applies here because that very same year, the traditional lamb market was in a sharp correction, and only half of what it should have been. That was the catalyst that propelled Viking Lamb, LLC into the farm-to-table trend that has become so popular today!
In 2012 Viking Genetics was born, in order to bring producers access to the most cutting edge genetics available in the sheep industry. Our Viking Show Lambs and Genetics ram barn houses 15 of the highest quality club lamb siring stud bucks in the country! Since constructing that first building for 11 sheep, Viking Lamb, LLC and Viking Show Lambs and Genetics has added 7 more structures and pushed the breeding flock to over 500 females! And in 2015, business expanded and included shipping products to over 35 states across the country!
"Leslie" is born.
We added 7 acres of land to the east and north of our original property, and built our first 40’ x 60’ pole barn.
We purchased an additional 40 acres of land to the east of the farm and built our main lambing barn on it.
Conner & Hunter Knudson are born!
We attended our first farmers market.
Purchased "Super Duty"
We purchased and added 5 and a half more acres of land to the north of the farm. The first of its kind, progressive genetics commercial sheep semen company formed. The cutting edge ram barn was constructed & Viking Genetics was created.
We purchased and added 5 and a half more acres of land to the north of the farm. We began doing business with the famous and historic St. Elmo's Restaurant.
We added several more barns to meet the demand of our sheep operation.
Business expanded and included shipping products to over 35 states across the country! The popular and successful "Steel Banana" ram was born.
Acquired the very popular and successful "Fuzz Ball" ram, used nationwide. "Steel Banana" sired the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb at the Ohio State Fair, Grand Champion Market Lamb at TN Youth Expo, and the Reserve Market Ewe at AkSarBen.
We celebrated Goose the Market's 10 year anniversary.
Continued to be the sole lamb purveyor for the ever expanding Cunningham Restaurant Group as they opened their 9th Bru Burger, Nesso (Italian restaurant), as well as other various restaurants.
"Prince" is born.