Commercial and Registered Katahdin Sheep For Sale in North Carolina
We offer both Commercial and Registered Katahdin Sheep for Sale at Heart and Soul Farm NC after the spring lambing season. Whether you choose to go with Commercial meat sheep or Registered Seedstock depends on what the goals are for your farm or market.
Benefits of Heart and Soul Farm NC Katahdins
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Katahdin Sheep Characteristics
Are Katahdin Sheep Easy to Care For?
Katahdins are a low input meat production hair sheep. They are extremely adaptable and can thrive on a variety of forages. The ability to flourish in both the bone-chilling cold of the North and the stifling heat and humidity of the South is the virtue that sets Katahdin sheep apart from other breeds. This adaptability makes them a favorite today, particularly in the southeast, where they thrive in the region’s varied climate zones.
Katahdin sheep grow thick coats of hair as winter approaches, but start shedding in the spring. Therefore, there’s no time-consuming shearing required.
Are Katahdin Sheep Hardy?
Meat production was the primary objective when the Katahdin breed was developed. The average ewe weighs somewhere between 120 and 160 pounds, with rams tipping the scales at 180 to 250. Lambs are usually born vigorous and alert.
A hardier breed with less maintenance required is a decided advantage, but it also turns out they also exhibit improved resistance to parasites. In the southeast, where parasites pose a constant threat year-round, this was the deciding factor on Heart and Soul Farm NC’s decision on breed selection.
Do Katahdin Sheep Reproduce Efficiently?
Katahdin are known for being prolific and capable of breeding out of season. The average ewe yields a 200% lamb crop with twins or an occasional triplet, although it’s common for a one-year-old to produce a single lamb.
The nurturing nature of a Katahdin is a spectacle to behold. They are exceptional mothers, usually birth without needing shepherd intervention, and have ample milk supply to rear their young. They feed, groom, constantly monitor and gently coax their offspring. Lambs in our flock always remain with their ewes.
Are Katahdin a Good Fit for Rotational Grazing?
Our Katahdin are managed on pasture year round, with the exception of first time expectant mothers who are brought to the barn to deliver lambs and be monitored for any unexpected complications. We supplement with hay during winter months when forage is minimal.
Katahdin are adapted to eating grasses like all sheep, but also enjoy browsing more like a goat. They will eat a wider variety of forages than many other breeds of sheep, which makes them ideal for Rotational Grazing. They are managed easily with electric poly braid and are not prone to wanting to escape confinement like goats.
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If you have any questions regarding our management, our biosecurity, or any of our Commercial or Registered Katahdin Sheep for Sale, please contact us.