Patty's Club Lambs is owned and operated by Patty Nissen-Cross and has been producing lambs for 4-H members for over 20 years. The business was started in the 1980s when Patty's father, Ray Ramberg, started selling a few lambs to local 4-H members. Those first lambs did very well at the local county fairs. The word got out and soon there were more 4-H members coming for quality lambs. Patty took over the sheep operation in 1989 and continued selling lambs to 4-H members. By this time the lambs were being sold to several counties in Montana.
Patty's motto, "where winners are made", not only refers to the lambs but the 4-H members as well. The goal is to produce lambs that help members do well in the show ring. Successful 4-H members make the business successful.
Patty soon realized that in order for her lambs to stay competitive she needed to search further for her herd sires. The first "weather sire" was purchased from VanderPloeg's in Greybull, Wyoming. Several rams were bought out of the Rocky Mountain Sale in Golden, Colorado. After that sale ceased operation, rams were purchased from Pam Middelton in Casper, Wyoming. Recently the rams have been purchased from Ott Club Lambs in Oklahoma. Most of the ewe herd is now sired by these Ott rams.
The ewe herd is 100% home bred and raised. The ewes run several generations deep with breeding designed for raising club lambs. The core of the herd was Suffolk with a small percentage of Dorset. With the heavy use of Ott genetics, the herd is now more Hampshire influenced.
Lambs bred by Patty have won numerous Montana fairs. 2019 was a very successful year with lambs from the 2019 sale winning either Grand or Reserve at nearly every fair they were exhibited at. Not only did they win the live show but also won on the rail. The 2018 top carcass lamb in the state was a "Casper" sired lamb purchased from the 2018 sale. 2019 was another successful year in carcass competition with another "Casper" lamb placing 2nd in the state!