"When we were in the market for Polypay ewe lambs, Mark educated us about the breed and delivered exactly what he promised; excellent quality and healthy stock.  Big Prairie is dedicated to their clients and the sheep industry."  

                                             Ed Hall, NJ

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Correct & Sound

Brood Ewes

Our first priority is structural correctness and soundness.  Feet, legs, dimension, strong top-line and moderate frame are paramount when we design Big Prairie ewes and rams. 


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Maternal & Growth

Here at Big Prairie Polypays, we believe in the art of livestock selection and the implementation of technology.  Our philosophy is simple; breed Polypay sheep that are phenotypically correct and genetically sound.  We utilize technology in selection, but structural correctness is still a priority.  If a sheep can't deliver it's genetics because it's not sound or correct in its design, then it serves little purpose.  Big Prairie Polypay strives to be the intersection of phenotype and production as we build brood ewes.  As you search for genetics, please let us know if we can be of service.  We'd like to learn about your operation and share our passion for the sheep industry!


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Phenotype & Production

Our goal simple...produce breeding stock that is structurally correct, excels maternally and produces lambs with a high rate of gain.   Lambs and Lbs. equal profit and success.


 NSIP & Actual

Big Prairie Polypays is located near Ashton, Illinois.  We currently run 60 registered Polypay ewes and have marketed commercial breeding stock to 25 different states. Big Prairie Polypays started 15 years ago when our oldest daughter wanted to raise sheep for an FFA and 4-H project.  We originally purchased four ewes from Dr. Chet Palmer of Malta, Illinois.  Most of our stock goes back to the original ewes we bought from Dr. Palmer. Over the years we have enjoyed success, made many new friends and have thoroughly enjoyed raising Polypay genetics! Thanks again for visiting our site.  If we can be of service, please let us know. 

Whether you're looking for ram lambs or ewe lambs, please contact us for your breeding stock needs.  We specialize in producing natural- born fall lambs and also have winter lambs, as well.  Let us know how we can be of service!

For years we have collected actual data on our lambs.  Our focus is selecting lambs with excellent maternal capabilities and exceptional growth.  We are currently in our fourth year of submitting NSIP data to better calculate the genetic potential for our flock and our customers' flocks, as well. 

ATTENTION:  Our naturally-conceived, Fall lambing groups will start lambing in October.  Please let us know if you're interested in naturally-conceived, Fall lambs that will be rugged, durable, structurally correct and maternal! More photos of Big Prairie Polypay genetics can be viewed on our Facebook page at Big Prairie Polypays.  Thank You!

Big Prairie Polypays will also be consigning one ram lamb to the NSIP Online sale to be held July 12th and we will also be consigning three naturally-conceived, Fall ram lambs and three naturally-conceived, Fall ewe lambs to the Center of the Nation, NSIP Sale to be held July 31st.  Both  sales can be found at wlivestock.com  Watch our Facebook page or our Big Prairie Polypay YouTube channel for photos and videos of our entries.  Please contact us for more information about our entries!

Profit-Minded Sheep for Profit-Driven Producers  


Big Prairie "Thank You"

Recent Buyers! (Updated)

Justin Roche, UT - fall ram lambs

​Tanner Huff, MT - ram & ewe lambs

Tyler Sellner, IA - fall ram lamb

William Martin, VA - fall ram lambs

​Nelson Farms, ND - fall ram lambs

Proehl Fams, IA - spring ram lamb

Shady Lane Farms, MN - fall ram lamb

Daylon Scheele, IL - spring ram lambs

​Sammons Polypays, IL - fall ram lamb