The Katahdin sheep are adaptable, hardy and low maintenance sheep that produce superior lamb crops and lean, meaty carcasses.
They are efficient, bred for utility and for production in a variety of management systems. The ewes can lamb easily, and they have exceptional mothering ability. The lambs are born vigorous and alert.
The breed is also ideal for pasture lambing and grass/forage based management systems.
The Katahdin sheep have demonstrated wide adaptability, and good for many different areas. They can tolerate heat and humidity well. They are also significantly tolerant of internal and external parasites.
They require only minimal parasite treatment, if managed carefully. They are docile in terms of temperament and are easily handled, and their flocking instinct is moderate.
Both rams and ewes exhibit early puberty and usually have a long productive life. Generally mature ewes produce twins, but occasionally also produce triplets and quadruplets.
The ewes generally can lamb without assistance, and can produce enough milk for their lambs. The rams are aggressive breeders, and usually fertile year round.
The rams generally can settle a large number of ewes in the first cycle of exposure. The breed can also be used in crossbreeding programs. However, review full breed profile of the Katahdin sheep in the following chart.
Our Ram Tank
Tank has an excellent hair coat and easy care feet.
He’s very correct in structure with legs, pasterns and hooves that wear naturally which eliminates a huge amount of work trimming feet. His haircoat is excellent. He’s got the thickness and hindquarter muscling I breed for and as a lamb.
We began our Katahdin Sheep herd with non-registered sheep but we are looking to added registered Katahdin ewes to our farm this year. Our flock is managed through pasture rotation from April until late December. Our paddocks are grazed for 5-7 days followed by 25 days of rest to allow regrowth of forages. If you are seeking Katahdin sheep for a pasture based system, then our stock would be a great choice. Our flock is maintained on hay and grain from January-March. We begin supplementing our ewes with grain 6 weeks prior to lambing and continue that process one week prior to weaning. Our lambs are weaned at an average age of 60 days. At weaning they will remain on pasture rotation with access to creep feed until the group age averages 120 days. They are then sorted by sex and breeding stock is selected. All lambs that fail to meet the quality of breeding stock are taken to our local livestock auction. We sell non-registered Katahdin ewe and ram lambs but we hope by the end of 2022 we will have some registered ewes and a ram. Please visit our Sheep for Sale page to inquire about available sheep and fill out the contact us form. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our genetics with other Katahdin breeders. Our Katahdin sheep are a great option if you are looking for rams, replacement ewes, or starting your herd. We are always open to visitors on the farm and enjoy discussing Katadhin with new breeders and experienced breeders as their are always opportunities to learn new things involving sheep.