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Why Katahdin x Dorper Crosses

At KHR  we specialize in Katahdin x Dorper crosses for exceptional market lambs and for replacement breeding stock. The cross breeding results in the best of both breeds but also in the benefits of heterosis, commonly known as hybrid vigor.  Crossbred individuals tend to be more vigorous, more fertile and grow faster than purebreds. We have had remarkable feedback from our  customers regarding the carcass qualities, eating satisfaction and flavor of these lambs. we have been working to cross these breeds to capture the exceptional lamb quality, hardiness, mothering instincts, and lamb vigor of the Katahdin with the shorter stature and meatier frame of Dorper. 

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Essential Traits of Dorper Katahdin Cross Sheep

The Dorper Katahdin cross traits are a symphony of the best features each parent breed offers. We see a testament to this crossbreeding success in their robust health, consistent fertility, and admirable low maintenance requirements. But what exactly translates into concrete benefits for the farmer?

  • **Robust Health**: These sheep demonstrate a vigor that helps stave off common ailments, ensuring a hardy flock.

  • **Fertility**: Their breeding reliability is a boon for productivity, translating to larger flocks and more meat or offspring for sale.

  • **Low Maintenance**: Thanks to their short hair and natural resilience, they require minimal intervention.

Specifically, their growth rates and carcass qualities are aspects I closely followed. Their growth rate surpasses many, leading to quicker turnarounds for meat production. Moreover, the carcass quality is often superior, offering lean and tender cuts that are high in demand.

2024 Lambs Coming Soon.

The peak of the lambing season will start in April. We time our lambing season to make optimal use of the lush, new grass growth that comes in April, May, and early June. We have lambs twice a year with half of our ewe’s having them in the spring and the other half in the fall. This way have lamb all year round on the farm. 

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