Address: 4276 John Day Highway, Vale OR 97918 / (541) 473-2151
About Us / Circle O Livestock LLC History: Goat meat, also marketed as Malheur River Meats, is Animal Welfare Approved. \n\nRob and Michelle Stokes raise Animal Welfare Approved goats, hogs, and laying hens at Circle O Livestock LLC in Vale, OR. Rob and Michelle believe in working closely with their animals and the environment to create a sustainable enterprise. Handling animals with respect and compassion, while using a poly culture approach in their ranching practices, is the model they feel makes the most sense. By running a diversified operation and practicing rotational grazing, they make the best use of their land while maintaining and improving soil health.\n\nRob and Michelle met at California State University in Chico. They were both animal science majors and had a shared interest of the outdoors and a dream of owning a ranch. After working for many years helping other ranch businesses grow, they bought Circle O Livestock Ranch in 2002 and started raising their Animal Welfare Approved goat herd in 2007. Their current herd of goats consists predominantly of commercial and fullblood Boer goats with a cross of Savanna and Spanish genetics. Their AWA hogs are Duroc and Large Black breeds- which Rob and Michelle explain are a great fit for their environment as the red and black hair with dark skin won’t sunburn under the eastern Oregon skies.\n\nThe Stokes love being able to let their young daughters, Rylie and Teagan, help out on the farm. Rylie remembers their nanny goats by sight and can sort and bring you a nanny out of a group of many. She is such a great help because she really enjoys what she is doing. Michelle said, “We are proud of the fact we can give our daughters this opportunity to learn, love agriculture, love the outdoors, and respect the animals.”\n\nTo learn more about the Stokes, their farm, and their AWA products, visit www.circleolivestock.com.