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, 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, as their activity on pasture, coupled with the Katahdin’s parasite resistance allows for an even lower maintenance 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.
Our very own Peyton will be retained as a breeding ram this year. With balanced traits across the spectrum paired with excellent confirmation, he is sure to produce great additions to a pasture-based flock. We were quite impressed with his growth as a twin out of a yearling ewe. His dam, ‘Peach’ (NWT18022) was purchased from Roxanne Newton of Hound River Farm in Hahira, Georgia at the 2018 KHSI expo, and sire ‘Jimmy (below, NWT18061) was also bred by Roxanne Newton. His twin brother will be available for sale at the Eastern NSIP Sale in Wooster, Ohio, on August 10th, 2019.
Moon came to us from Kathy Bielek of Misty Oaks Farm in Wooster, Ohio, bred by the talented shepherds of Gibraltar farm in North Brookfield, New York. Moon is an impressive ram, with exceptional growth traits (top 5% of the breed) and parasite resistance, and a muscular, masculine look paired with a gentle demeanor. We are anxious to meet his lambs in 2020 and watch them grow and thrive.
Our own Thumper will also be retained as a breeding ram in our flock for our 2020 lamb crop. In addition to being in the top 1% of all Katahdin sheep for parasite resistance, his hind end muscling and overall confirmation are quite spectacular. His dam was bred by David Coplen of Birch Cove Farms in Fulton, Missouri. His sire is ‘Jimmy’ (below, NWT18016).