Love My Livestock Breed: Katahdin Sheep

Katahdin sheep are hardy, adaptable, low-maintenance animals that do well for everything from meat production to fiber and more.

by Hobby Farms HQ
PHOTO: Katahdin Hair Sheep International

Katahdin sheep are hardy, adaptable, low-maintenance ruminants that produce superior lamb crops and lean, meaty carcasses. They’re medium-sized and efficient, bred for utility and 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/forage-based management systems.

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They don’t produce a fleece and therefore don’t require shearing. Katahdins are also significantly more tolerant of internal and external parasites. If managed carefully, they require only minimal parasite treatment.

This breed is great for producers who live in areas where wool is a detriment to adaptation or where wool markets are poor. The breed is also excellent for those who wish to eat or market superior quality lamb with a mild flavor.

Stock dog trainers and land managers looking for a low-maintenance small ruminant should also consider the Katahdin sheep breed.

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—Alan Culham, Operations Director, Katahdin Hair Sheep International, Fowlerville, Michigan

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Hobby Farms magazine.

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