Katahdin Sheep

Our Katahdins are bred for size & meatiness, to be a fine quality meat sheep.
We love beautiful structure, deep colors, and their easy going temperaments.

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What is a Katahdin Sheep?
 Katahdin sheep are a breed of hair sheep developed in the United States. The Katahdin breed originated at the Piel Farm in north central Maine where Michael Piel was an innovator and amateur geneticist who enjoyed raising livestock. His first intentions related to establishing a sheep enterprise were to use sheep to graze power lines instead of spraying or mowing the vegetation. He then developed other ideas on how to employ sheep for land management.

In 1956 and 1957, Piel began making inquiries about hair sheep after seeing pictures in a National Geographic magazine of West African hair sheep.

In the early 1970s, Piel felt he had come close to his goal of a "meat sheep that did not require shearing." He selected from his large flock approximately 120 of the best ewes and called them "Katahdin" sheep after Mt. Katahdin, the highest peak in the state of Maine.

Katahdin are hardy, adaptable, low maintenance sheep that produce superior lamb crops and lean, meaty carcasses. They do not produce a fleece and therefore do not require shearing. They are medium-sized and efficient, bred for utility and for production in a variety of management systems. Ewes have exceptional mothering ability and lamb easily; lambs are born vigorous and alert. The breed is ideal for pasture lambing and grass/foragebased management systems. Katahdins are docile so are easily handled. They exhibit moderate flocking instinct.

The Katahdin can be used in crossbreeding programs. When crossed with wool sheep, the first generation offspring will in most cases have wool fleeces with hair intersperse. It usually takes at least 3 generations, depending on the type of wool sheep parentage, to obtain offspring with a shedding hair coat and other purebred characteristics.

 


 


Sheep are extremely beneficial.
Some of the many resources sheep provide include:
meat, pelts, wool, manure for gardens,
lanolin and fat for soap and candles,
and waste wool for insulation.
They are also excellent for mowing the grass!

 

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SOVREIGN FARMS
Myakka City, FL 34251

 

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JSBA (Jacob Sheep Breeders Assoc)

Jacob Sheep Breeder's Association

JSC (Jacob Sheep Conservancy)

Jacob Sheep Conservancy

ALBC (American Livestock Breeders Assoc)

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

 

 

 

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