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Future uncertain for Oro Grande ostrich farm

Owner looking for missing guard dog

ORO GRANDE • The future is uncertain for the O.K. Corral Ostrich Farm, after the ranch's owner died in July.

Douglas Osborne II, the owner’s son, moved to Oro Grande to oversee the day-to-day operations of the one of the largest ostrich farms in the country. But his family still lives in Texas, where he worked as a computer programmer.

He’s the only family member interested in running the farm, according to Osborne.

He’s talking to an accountant and lawyer about the future of the farm, Osborne said. He said the farm’s future is “truly uncertain” at this point. The lawyer has advised him not to discuss the business plans or operations of the farm with the media, according to Osborne.

Although Osborne has helped his father in the past, he was never a full-time farmer. He had to learn the entire operations with the help of his employees.

“I went from zero to 60 in two seconds,” Osborne said.

His father, who has the same name, had built O.K. Corral Ostrich Farm from scratch since 1992 when the ostrich industry was at its fledgling stage. He died from heart failure after he suffered a massive heart stroke while working in his office.

O.K. Corral Ostrich Farm sells meat, eggs and jerky of the large flightless bird to wholesalers and high-end restaurants across the country. The older Osborne and his ostriches appeared in the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” a Jay Leno show and History Channel’s “Modern Marvels.”

One of the farm’s two guard dogs, which are critical in keeping coyotes away from the ostriches, recently went missing. Woofie, the missing dog, is a white Great Pyrenees weighing about 200 pounds.

Anyone with information about Woofie is asked to call the farm at (760) 951-5180.

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