Animal Sciences MS grad Nicole Pono Correa was the first to introduce the tough, muscular Texel breed of sheep to the Islands and has been successful with these animals on her ranch.
The co-owner—with her mom—of the Double D Farm and Ranch on the north shore of O‘ahu, Nicole was recently interviewed by livestock organization Prime Texels Puerto Rico.
An accomplished horsewoman, Nicole has competed in rodeos as a barrel racer and in polo. Although she focused on cattle production at CTAHR, Nicole became increasingly interested in small ruminants. Todahy, she raises her sheep with horses and has discovered the many benefits of shared pasturing. Double-D also has raised goats and is raising cattle—Nicole is interested in introducing lowline Angus, a small breed that does well with grass finishing. The ranch also participates in community outreach, including hosting kids with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Check out her interview on YouTube—she does a great job representing her farm and CTAHR!