Katahdin Sheep at Steeplebush Farm Herbs

A little bit about the breed of Katahdin Sheep:

Katahdin (Kaa-taa-din) sheep are a breed of hair sheep developed in north central Maine by Michael Piel. Piel was an innovator and amateur geneticist who enjoyed raising livestock on his farm.  He developed the Katahdin breed as a way to graze power line vegetation instead of spraying or mowing.

Katahdin are hardy, adaptable, low maintenance sheep that produce superior lambs.  They do not produce a fleece and therefore do not require shearing.  They are medium-sized and efficient, bred for utility and various sizes of farm operations. 

Mature ewes are exceptional mothers and almost always give birth to twins, and even occasionally produce triplets or quadruplets.  Average birth weight of twins is about 8 pounds.

The hair coat of the Katahdin varies in length and texture among individuals and can be any color or color combination.  It generally consists of coarse outer hair fibers and an undercoat of fine wooly fibers. As the weather turns colder, the hair becomes very thick.  As the weather warms, the undercoat and hair naturally shed, leaving a short and cool undercoat.

Katahdin Hair Sheep International was incorporated in 1985 as a
breeders' association and registry by Piel Farm, Heifer Project, and Donald Williams. The first KHSI members were accepted in 1987, and 23 breeders agreed to join KHSI and register their Katahdin stock.

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