We have been raising Katahdin sheep for over two years now. They are known as "hair" sheep, which means their wool sheds naturally and we don't have to shear them. They are named after the tallest mountain Peake in Maine. They are known for their ease in lambing, their mothering skill and their excellent meat.
We started our herd with 4 ewes (female) lambs. We named them after Disney fairies: Flora, Fauna, and Meriwether; Rosetta and Tinkerbell. We love these original ewes and plan to keep them as our breeding ewes for many years.
Our first round of lambing went excellent - each ewe produced one healthy lamb. We kept three of the "daughters" of our original ewes and brought in a new ram for our second lambing season.
Our second season we had 13 healthy lambs ! Five sets of twins and three individual lambs were born!
While we love our original 5, we are raising these next generations for their meat so we try not to be attached. Although it's hard, especially when they are little! Katahdin sheep are known for their quality of meat and we have been very pleased with the taste and quantity of lamb we get when we take them to the processor. Their meat is considered lamb until the animal is a year old. Then it is considered mutton. We take our lambs in before a year so we get excellent tasting meat.
We have 8 lambs going to market in January so if you're interested in lamb meat, please contact me to get on our meat list!