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.