We have Katahdin sheep. Why did we choose Katahdin’s? They are easy. We started as part-time farmers and were not available every day to tend to the needs of the farm. We were only able to come home on Fridays and had to leave again late on Sunday.
Having animals presented a particulary interesting challenge. While we strongly desired to move forward it would have been a conflict with one of our farm values to have animals and not care for them properly. But Katahdins are born and bred on pasture. They were exactly what we needed.
Katahdins are meat sheep. They do not require sheering. They forage well and can easily be raised on grass only. As mothers they excel and birth easily in the pasture. Raising them as alwasy been a win-win situation for them and for us.
We started with 12 pregnant ewes the first year. They birthed within a month. 10 of the 12 delivered lovely lambs. We did lose one at about 3 months old. The youngest lambs were twins. That is unusual for a yearling ewe. In the fall we purchased a wonderful ram. He sired 15 lambs in the spring.
In 2012 and 2013 we took time off for lambing season as we had so many. Again, I refer to our farm values. We needed to make sure that the lambing went well and if there were problems we would be there to take care of them. The time off was nice and all went well. We’ve made a good choice for us in the Katahdin breed.
Our flock grew to over 70 animals. We eventually cut back to save our pasture that was struggling due to drought. We move with the cycles.
We’ve come a long way baby!