The livestock that live on the ranch only need supplemental feeding once a week for two months during the winter. The rest of the year, they are able to live off the land. As a result of good management, Hillingdon Ranch is covered in lush, beautiful grasses and trees, while some neighboring properties are overgrown with invasive brush and inedible weeds.
Since the farm was founded in 1887 by Alfred Giles, the land and traditions of good farming have been handed down from generation to generation, and are now in the hands of Robin Giles, Alfred’s grandson. As the operator of Hillingdon Ranch, Robin constantly educates himself about the plants on the property. He has extensive knowledge of the current ecology, but he is constantly analyzing and learning more about the fragile balance needed to maintain the animals and the land. By knowing exactly what the plants need and what the animals eat, he helps ensure that the finest mohair and wool, that exceed industry standards, are being produced.