Pasture-based Registered Katahdin Sheep
NSIP enrolled flock

Our flock is registered with Katahdin Hair Sheep International (KHSI) enrolled in the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), a science-and-data based program for improving the genetics in your flock. We select for excellent parasite resistance, coupled with good growth and prolificacy, selling breeding rams and ewes that excel in a low input pasture based management system. 
Our ewes lamb in February and March, with lambs available for sale in late June and early July. Breeding stock lambs sell out quickly, contact us to be placed on our waiting list for ram and replacement ewe lambs. 

**Mark your Calendars for our Breeding Stock Sale + Field Day July 23rd, 2022**

The Katahdin sheep is a hardy breed of hair sheep, developed in Maine in the middle of the 20th century. These sheep do not require shearing, docking, or crutching, instead shedding a winter hair coat in the spring, saving costs and labor for producers. Our ewes and lambs rarely require hoof trimming and deworming. The Katahdin’s parasite resistance allows for an even lower maintenance flock on pasture. 
Katahdins boast a mild and delicious meat, suitable for all palates and culinary applications. Their fast growth and good muscling makes them a profitable addition to a small farming operation.  

Why Katahdins?

WRI17137 - 'Tex'
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'Tex'  is a four year old ram we  purchased from Lee Wright of Rolling Spring Farm in Virginia, after he bred ewes at Roxanne Newton's Hound River farm in Georgia. This will be our third, and likely final season using Tex, as we have retained so many fantastic daughters in our flock. His powerful phenotype shows through in his lambs, and his daughters have made excellent mothers.  His EBV's are also solid across the board, save for parasite resistance, but we have not had any issues with his offspring succumbing to parasites, and have never dewormed any of his lambs.  We love his muscular, masculine build and shorter stature which he stamps on his lambs, no matter the slender phenotype of the dam.  His offspring have preformed well and were among the top sellers in the 2019 SWAREC Ram Test and Sale. We will be sending three of Tex's sons to the SWAREC test this year, and hopeful they will perform and be available for sale at the end of the test. Several quality daughters by Tex will be available at our summer sale on July 23rd. 

STUD RAMS 

MOF1306 - 'Red'

Bred by Kathy Bielek in Wooster, Ohio, 'Red' came to us by way of the Stenger Farm in West Virginia. When Roxanne Newton saw that John had placed this older ram up for sale, she called us immediately and encouraged us to go pick him up, stat! It turned out, he was one of the last known sons of 'Granite' - MOF1214, who Roxanne regarded quite highly. Red certainly hasn't disappointed. His lambs this year showed impressive growth and parasite resistance, with a lovely and consistent phenotype. In fact, we kept each and every one of his daughters last year. He is currently in the top 2% of the breed for parasite resistance, matched with his moderate growth and prolificacy, his lambs will suit our pasture-based model very well. We are excited to see his crop of 2022 lambs, he bred ewes at both our farm and another neighboring NSIP flock. Red has moved on to another flock for 2023.  

NWT 

'Dwight' is a 2 year old ram from Roxanne Newton's Hound River Farm in Hihira, Georgia. Hound River Katahdins are known for their excellent adaptability to pasture based operations, with breeding stock thriving around the country and even on some Caribbean islands. Dwight is no exception, his lambs are fast growing, healthy, and we are looking forward to watching them continue to develop. We anticipate having some high quality stud ram lambs by Dwight at our summer sale, July 23rd.