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Murphy's Mules

Murphy's Mules Murphy's Mules is a fourth-generation, family-owned farm that raises prize winning draft mules. Murphy's Mules, established in 1980 by Edward and Diane Murphy, is located in Farmersville, Illinois.

Farmersville is a small village in Central Illinois, located 20 miles south of Springfield, Illinois and 70 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. Presently, the operation is managed by Edward and son, Courtney Murphy. Our farm is home to approximately 20 sorrel draft mules, several Belgian draft mares, and two Mammoth jacks. These jacks stand for service on outside mares at our farm. Our involve

Farmersville is a small village in Central Illinois, located 20 miles south of Springfield, Illinois and 70 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. Presently, the operation is managed by Edward and son, Courtney Murphy. Our farm is home to approximately 20 sorrel draft mules, several Belgian draft mares, and two Mammoth jacks. These jacks stand for service on outside mares at our farm. Our involve

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Tuesday morning we found a new mule colt in with the open mare pen. It is obvious now, Milly was hiding a colt in there....
04/01/2022

Tuesday morning we found a new mule colt in with the open mare pen. It is obvious now, Milly was hiding a colt in there. Mom and Arthur are doing well.

10/28/2021

As the high country quiets down for the season, some of our most tried-and-true wilderness warriors are getting a well deserved break: Yosemite’s pack mules! Mules like Amigo here haul supplies for the restoration and maintenance of over 800 miles of trails, providing wilderness access for visitors from around the world. They work hard all summer long, earning a restful winter at pasture in the foothills. Adios Amigo! Thank you for your service, and we’ll see you in spring!

We said goodbye to our 5 mule colts today. It is always bittersweet when they leave, but we are thankful for giving us s...
10/03/2021

We said goodbye to our 5 mule colts today. It is always bittersweet when they leave, but we are thankful for giving us such joy.

Pulled the mares and colts off of the pasture. It is time to wean and reseed the pasture. Excited to see these 5 grow up...
09/15/2021

Pulled the mares and colts off of the pasture. It is time to wean and reseed the pasture. Excited to see these 5 grow up.

Our 42nd straight year exhibiting at the Illinois State Fair. This is Daisey one of the mule colts that we raised this y...
08/17/2021

Our 42nd straight year exhibiting at the Illinois State Fair. This is Daisey one of the mule colts that we raised this year.

This is Abby and with her mule colt Daisy.
04/30/2021

This is Abby and with her mule colt Daisy.

This is our brand new mare mule colt that was born this morning. She is currently nameless but is cute as they come.
04/30/2021

This is our brand new mare mule colt that was born this morning. She is currently nameless but is cute as they come.

Welcome Truman. He was born Monday morning around 3 a.m
04/30/2021

Welcome Truman. He was born Monday morning around 3 a.m

This is Chief. He made a trip to the U of I at birth.
04/30/2021

This is Chief. He made a trip to the U of I at birth.

04/30/2021
Murphy's Mules

As of today, foaling season has come to an end. 5 healthy mule colts total 3 horse mules and 2 mare mules. Pictures soon to follow.

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I know the picture quality is terrible, but I wanted to introduce Buddy to our Facebook friends. He was born early in th...
04/24/2021

I know the picture quality is terrible, but I wanted to introduce Buddy to our Facebook friends. He was born early in the morning on Wednesday. His mom is always keeping a watchful eye on him and me.

We are always asked how long of a pregnancy will a draft horse have carrying a mule colt. Today, our Red mare carried a ...
04/22/2021

We are always asked how long of a pregnancy will a draft horse have carrying a mule colt. Today, our Red mare carried a horse mule and delivered on her 357 day.

We would like to introduce our friends to our newest mule colt. Daisy was born Saturday morning around 2 a.m. Abby and D...
04/19/2021

We would like to introduce our friends to our newest mule colt. Daisy was born Saturday morning around 2 a.m. Abby and Daisy are doing well.

04/15/2021

Johna out trying to tucker Chief, so he will take a nap.

Yesterday afternoon, we went out to complete the chores and we found this guy. At first glance he looked fine, but as so...
04/11/2021

Yesterday afternoon, we went out to complete the chores and we found this guy. At first glance he looked fine, but as some time passed he seemed to be in some discomfort. We phoned our vet Countryside Veterinary Service and Dr. Natale came out. Something didn't seem right, so we decided to load mom and baby up and head to the U of I Large Animal services. We unloaded last night and returned home after midnight. Today, we received a phone call reporting the our mule colt is perfectly fine. Back to Champaign and another tank of fuel and Chief and mom are back home.

One year ago we purchased these 2 fillies from MM RANCH and here is a picture from today. They were cleaner a year ago.
10/19/2020

One year ago we purchased these 2 fillies from MM RANCH and here is a picture from today. They were cleaner a year ago.

Bittersweet day at the farm, we are sad to see Rex go, but happy for his new adventures.
09/12/2020

Bittersweet day at the farm, we are sad to see Rex go, but happy for his new adventures.

Senior picture time at Murphy's Mules. My daughter and the mare cleaned up well.
08/05/2020

Senior picture time at Murphy's Mules. My daughter and the mare cleaned up well.

08/03/2020

I am pleased to announce, at 90 days post breeding, we have 5 mares bred to the jack and 1 open mare. We hope to have many little hooves by next May. I was absolutely shocked about the one open mare. I just knew that she was bred.

Milly and Kathy, our yearling Belgian fillies, are off to summer camp. When they come back in 4 weeks, we hope that they...
07/20/2020

Milly and Kathy, our yearling Belgian fillies, are off to summer camp. When they come back in 4 weeks, we hope that they have learned some things. First part of the education process is trailer loading and unloading etiquette.

07/20/2020

Since 1958, my dad has shown mules at some fair. That streak has appeared to have come to an end. We found out today that the Missouri State Fair horse and mule show has been canceled. We are saddened by the news, but understand the reason.

07/03/2020

We just finalized our entries to attend the Missouri State Fair. It has been at least 20 years since we were able to show out there. We are looking forward to going back.

Rex is kind of photogenic. We think he is going to be pretty good in the future.
06/13/2020

Rex is kind of photogenic. We think he is going to be pretty good in the future.

06/12/2020

With the cancellation of the Illinois State Fair and the Duquoin State Fair we are officially out of places to show mules. This could be the first time since 1958 that my dad hasn't shown mules at the fair. We are still holding out hope for the Missouri State Fair.

We had the opportunity to show one of our brood mares in a virtual 4-H show today. This old mare cleaned up real nice.
06/12/2020

We had the opportunity to show one of our brood mares in a virtual 4-H show today. This old mare cleaned up real nice.

06/11/2020

Congratulations to Claudia and Victoria on the purchase of their new mule Cindy. We know that she is going to great home. We look forward to their new adventures.

05/16/2020

Check out Rex's moves in the pasture. He is definitely showing off.

With St. Patrick's day coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce Franie. Franie is a jennet, a fema...
03/16/2020

With St. Patrick's day coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce Franie. Franie is a jennet, a female donkey. She is a little over a year old and very friendly

Reba posing for a picture on the first day of winter. If you look closely, you can see the baby bump.
12/22/2019

Reba posing for a picture on the first day of winter. If you look closely, you can see the baby bump.

Merry Christmas mules. Your barn is clean and bedded down with nice warm straw. I am freezing.
12/21/2019

Merry Christmas mules. Your barn is clean and bedded down with nice warm straw. I am freezing.

Purchased some new filles and finally got them home. We are quite giddy with anticipation for prospective mule colts.
10/28/2019

Purchased some new filles and finally got them home. We are quite giddy with anticipation for prospective mule colts.

10/12/2019

Congratulations to Joe Wiley on the purchase of Wayne and Marty. We are sad to see them go, but excited for you and your son.

After a long summer with their moms, today we weaned  Wayne and Marty. Everyone seems to be handling the separation well...
09/21/2019

After a long summer with their moms, today we weaned Wayne and Marty. Everyone seems to be handling the separation well. These 2 colts are currently for sale. We are asking $8000 for both of them. We will not separate. They are half brothers with white manes and tails.

09/04/2019

I am always bragging about Wayne, but I have another good horse mule colt named Marty. He is starting to slick off his coat. He has an arrogant streak in him too.

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30081 Black Diamond Trl
Farmersville, IL
62533

Telephone

(217) 227-3204

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Sorrel Draft Mules, Belgain Mares, Mammoth Sorrel Jack

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Are you at Illinois state fair?!