Donna Buskohl was instrumental in starting one of the state’s largest lamb feeding businesses. She and her husband, David, created Buskohl Lamb Feedlot so Donna could raise her family at home. But what began with a few hundred lambs has steadily grown over the years.
“She and her husband, Dave, buy 10,000 feeder lambs per year and feed them until they are fully developed,” said Denise Vosberg, who nominated Buskohl for Country Woman of the Year. “She’s a member of the National American Sheep Industry, North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers and National Lamb Feeders Association.”
“We buy lambs that weigh around 80 pounds on average and then we feed them out to market weight and sell them,” Buskohl said.
The majority of the Buskohls' lambs are sold to processing plants in Colorado and Michigan. Their feedlot and home are located on 17 acres just north of Wyndmere. Donna, 51, is active in all aspects of the growing enterprise and just about everything else.
“Donna is extremely involved with her family, farm, church, school and community. She also works very hard on her yard and landscaping. Her farm and yard are postcard perfect,” said Vosberg.
Since the Buskohls' three children have grown up around the business, it’s no surprise they are choosing careers in the sheep industry as well. Their oldest son Cody, 28, is now a business partner while their daughter Danielle, 26, has left the teaching profession to set up her own ewe flock in Oakes. Their youngest son, Casey, 19, is in college.
Buskohl said while sheep are known to be stubborn, she appreciates their mild temperament.
“They are easy to handle. You don’t have to worry about being injured like with other livestock. They are docile but very hands on animals,” she said.
Buskohl is proud of the way the business has impacted her family.
“I just love how, as a family, we have all grown together with this whole thing,” she said.