Established in 1920, our Wisconsin farm has evolved with the changing landscape. The dirt road at the intersection of home and farm was graveled in 1937, christened with road signs in 1950 and blacktopped in 1961. Our century-old barn was constructed with timbers harvested from local woodlands by our ancestors. The building still stands on the rugged, weathered foundation of hand-cut rock gathered from local quarries.
Double Ewe Farm is built on this rock solid ancestral foundation. A division of Scotdale Farms, LLC, Double Ewe Farm has a rich history rooted in the driftless region of Wisconsin. We are family-owned and operated, dedicated to providing naturally lean, pasture-raised lamb and beef.
In 1946, after Dale Pope returned from service in the Navy during WWII, he and his wife Lily, assumed responsibility of the family farm. Scotdale Farm operated primarily as a dairy, where the Pope family milked about 35 Holsteins using Surge buckets. Dale and Lily raised a family of 4 kids on the homestead. As Wisconsin family dairies evolved into corporate farms, Dale and Lily sold their cows and focused on raising beef, hogs, and crops. Dale and Lily retired from farming in 1996.
Vince was the youngest of the four kids. He met Nancy in college and they married in 1994. After graduation from college, Vince and Nancy moved away from Wisconsin to focus on their careers. Wisconsin's green hills, fragrant earth, and strong family bonds tugged at Vince's heartstrings and in 2006, he and Nancy returned to Wisconsin to revitalize Scotdale Farm.
Vince developed an interest in training for and competing in sheep-herding trials with his Border Collie, Bel, while living in Texas. Back in Wisconsin, Vince convinced Nancy to purchase a “few” sheep of their own to continue training Bel and rejuvenate the overgrown pastures of Scotdale Farm. Katahdins were chosen because they were good "herding" sheep (strong flocking instinct, carefree wool-less hair coat, and hardy constitution). Vince agreed to purchase three to five wethers, but returned home with 10 ewes! He decided the best way to recover his investment was to raise lambs. In Spring 2008, the first 14 lambs were born.
As the flock expanded, Vince and Nancy began to appreciate the unique characteristics of Katahdins and became interested in the genetics of the breed. They began to acquire a foundation of registered breeding stock and the number of lambs born each Spring increased. Donkeys were added to serve as guardians for the flock. Herefords were also added to improve pasture utilization and farm product diversity.
The farm name evolved from Scotdale Farm to Double Ewe Farm (a division of Scotdale Farms, LLC) in 2013. The Double Ewe Farm name and logo were designed to reflect the strong Wisconsin family history ("W"), and primary focus on sheep ("ewe").
Katahdins are hardy, adaptable, low maintenance sheep. They are medium-sized and ideal for production in a variety of management systems. The Katahdin is a type of hair sheep and can be any color. The hair coat generally consists of coarse outer hair fibers with an undercoat of fine wooly fibers. The coat becomes thick and dense in winter, but sheds out as chunky mats in Spring (which songbirds quickly pick up to use in building nests).
Once the winter coat is shed, Katahdins have a short slick hair coat similar to deer. With no wool to tangle in brush or collect debris around the tail, there is no need to dock tails. Katahdins can be used in crossbreeding programs to eliminate the wool of other breeds. When crossed with wool sheep, the first generation lambs will typically have wool fleeces with interspersed hair, but after about 3-4 generations, crossbred lambs will have a smooth shedding, carefree haircoat.
Katahdins yield a high quality, naturally lean meat with a mild savory flavor. Katahdins are comparable to other medium-sized sheep in growth and carcass composition providing a variety of tender flavorful cuts for your festive table.
In 2011, Herefords were added to Double Ewe Farm to form a “Flerd” (Flock and Herd). Herefords were chosen for their ability to thrive on pasture, calm demeanor, and excellent meat characteristics. The Herefords graze pastures behind the flock. Cattle tend to tear grass, rather than nibble it like sheep do, so together, the Flerd optimizes forage utilization. Cattle also serve as “dead-end” hosts for some of the parasites which can infect sheep. This system of multi-species rotational grazing acts as a natural parasite management program.
Cows are bred using artificial insemination (AI) which eliminates the need for a bull on Double Ewe Farm and allows us to optimize genetics for new calves. Cows are bred in June and July, so calves arrive in March or April. Hereford cows are excellent mothers and require no assistance during calving. Calves are strong and usually nurse within 30 minutes of birth before trotting off to follow their mother as she grazes.
Cows and calves roam the hillsides and ridgetop pastures of Double Ewe Farm, grazing tender alfalfa and clover plants and browsing the natural fauna of honeysuckle and apple tree leaves. Calves remain with their mothers for 8-10 months until they are weaned. Pasture-raised market steers are supplemented during winter months with locally grown feedstuffs.
We do not feed antibiotics, hormones, or growth promoters. You can trust the beef purchased from Double Ewe Farm has been pasture-raised, grass-fed, and processed humanely to provide you and your family with a nutritious and wholesome product. Please call or email to inquire about availability or to place an order for a whole, half, or a split side of beef.
There are so many wonderful ways to prepare lamb: grilled, roasted, smoked, slow-cooked. We update this page regularly, so please check back for delicious new recipes. We catalogue the recipes posted on our website, so if you miss out on printing a copy for yourself, just contact us and we will send you the recipe.
Our livestock are raised on conscientiously managed pastures and supplemented during winter months with locally-grown baled forage. Livestock diets are modified as needed to meet precise nutritional needs during all life-stages. We don’t believe in feeding unbalanced energy-rich diets, utilizing antibiotics, or administering growth-promoting hormones to our animals. We pledge to produce a naturally healthy product for our customers and for our own families.
Our lambs yield a high quality, well-muscled carcass that consistently offers a very mild flavor. Katahdin lambs are comparable to other medium-sized breeds in growth and carcass composition. Lambs are desirable for market at a variety of ages and weights but most typically range from 95 to 115 pounds.
Double Ewe Farm pasture-raised lamb is available primarily by the half or whole lamb. Whole lambs typically yield 35-40 lbs. of fresh-frozen packages of meat ready to grill, roast, or stew. If you are worried about freezer space or are a first time customer you might be interested in our Lamb Lovers Selection. The Lamb Lovers Selection contains a specified amount of desirable retail cuts.
We personally transport our market lambs to Straka Meats a local State Inspected Harvest Facility. We will deliver your product to your doorstep in the greater Madison Wisconsin area, or schedule a pickup at our farm. Processing and packaging of your lamb is done according to your specifications. Many of our customers do not have much experience making these choices, so we are happy to make suggestions and help you through the process. Please call so that we can assist you in selecting lamb for your next family meal or festive gathering.
We sell beef by the half or quarter while supplies last. Each quarter typically produces around 100 to 125 lbs of fresh-frozen beef packaged to your specifications.
We personally deliver to Black Earth Meats for custom processing in their USDA certified plant. They will custom process your beef according to your preferences. We are happy to guide you through selecting the processing choices.
Occasionally mature ewes are available for sale. These ewes have performed well for us and are still productive flock members. All registered ewes are codon RR. We maintain a relatively small ewe flock, so there are times when we need to "make room" for younger replacements. Our mature ewes are only available because we have a ewe lamb we would like to add to the flock to optimize genetic diversity and potential. Mature ewes for sale are healthy with sound feet, udders, and mouths and have not had difficulty lambing or raising lambs. Flock records are available for review.
Lambs are born April through May. We participate in NSIP; EBVs are available in early September. All registered lambs are codon RR. We are happy to assist you in making selections for your flock, or you are welcome to visit our farm and choose from available lambs. Please contact us early as lambs tend to sell quickly. A deposit will reserve your place on the "draft" list. Please visit our facebook page for additional photos.
Double Ewe Farm registered rams are codon RR. We select rams based on balanced EBVs and first-hand evaluation of their lambs' performance. Adult rams are occasionally offered for sale; breeding data is available for review.Limited ram lambs are also available. All registered lambs are codon RR. Please contact us to learn more about our rams.