Registered Katahdin Hair Sheep Breeding Stock

All our sheep are 100% grass fed, we do not feed any grain to our ewes, rams or lambs. We practice rotational grazing on perennial pastures during the spring, summer and fall and feed grass/legume mix hay over the winter. We want efficient sheep that have very good parasite resistance, grow well on forage/grass and can flourish with minimal inputs. We want adult ewes that can produce at least twin lambs and raise them successfully in this system. We expect our ewe lambs to be mature enough to be bred at 7 months old and raise at least one lamb. This year we bread 165 ewes for lambing in March and April.

We cull the worst performing 10-15% of our ewes every year and replace them with ewe lambs that should perform better based on their EBVs (Estimated Breeding Value) and performance data. We select the ewe lambs we use for replacements as well as the ewe lambs we offer for sale from the top 50% of our ewe lamb crop. The ram lambs that we retain for breeding or sell as breeding stock is out of the top 10% of our ram lamb crop.

The EBVs calculated by NSIP (National Sheep Improvement Program) based on our performance data and genetic links to other breeders in NSIP provide us with a way to quantify the genetic merit of each animal we are evaluating as potential breeding stock.

Our selection process makes use of all the performance data for growth (birth, weaning and post weaning weight), parasite resistance (weaning and post weaning fecal egg counts), maternal traits (scrotal circumference, number of lambs born, lamb survival, mothering and milk production) as well as carcass traits (ultrasound measured loin eye depth and fat cover) that we collect. Documented parasite resistance based on multiple fecal egg counts are very important to us when it comes to selection of parasite resistant breeding stock. This data is made available to potential breeding stock buyers to help them with the decision making process. We are happy to discuss your goals and make suggestions about which traits to emphasize in selection of breeding stock best suited to your farm.

2019 Lamb Crop Sires

We used seven rams for breeding in November 2018. We paired ewes and rams based on performance data, EBV's, results of previous pairings and other criteria.

 

WHK 1352

Katahdin Hair Sheep Ram

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2018 will be Midnights third lamb crop on our farm. We really like his offspring and fortunately we have diverse enough genetics that we can keep using him without inbreeding.  He brings excellent growth and parasite resistance to our lamb crop. As an added bonus he also produces great colored lambs. Midnight was bred to 35 ewes/ewe lambs.

Midnight has genetic potential (EBVs) that rank high in NSIP

  • Top 1% Weaning Weight (WWT)

  • Top 1% Post Weaning Weight (PWWT)

  • Top 15% Weaning Fecal Egg Count (WFEC)

  • Top 15% Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count (PFEC)

  • Top 35% Number of Lambs Weaned (NLW)

  • Top 50% for Katahdin Index

NSIP EBV Percentiles - WHK 1352

NWT 6041

Katahdin Hair Sheep Ram

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This is Chips second  lamb crop on our farm. We bought him for his excellent parasite resistance and also to give us better links in NSIP as he is bred by Hound River Farm (NWT) and has produced offspring at Misty Oaks Farm (MOF) (both these farms are long time NSIP breeders). He produces offspring with excellent loin eye depth. Chip was bred to 42 ewes/ewe lambs.

Chip has genetic potential (EBVs) that rank high in NSIP

  • Top 4% Weaning Fecal Egg Count (WFEC)

  • Top 3% Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count (PFEC)

  • Top  50% Number Lambs Born (NLB)

  • Top  45% Number Lambs Weaned (NLW)

  • Top 2% Loin Eye Depth (PEMD)

NSIP EBV Percentile - NWT 6041

MOF 1837

Katahdin Hair Sheep Ram

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A new addition from Misty Oaks Katahdins. James is above average for all the traits and really excels in parasite resistance as well as growth. We are really excited to see his offspring. James was bred to 22 ewes/ewe lambs.

James has genetic potential (EBVs) that rank high in NSIP

  • Top 4% Weaning Weight (WWT)

  • Top 10% Post Weaning Weight (PWWT)

  • Top 1% Weaning Fecal Egg Count (WFEC)

  • Top 1% Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count (PFEC)

  • Top 45% Number of Lambs Born (NLB)

  • Top 35% Number of Lambs Weaned (NLW)

  • Top 45% Maternal Weaning Weight (MWWT)

  • Top 30% Katahdin Index

NSIP EBV Percentils - MOF 1837

BUL 18403

Katahdin Hair Sheep Ram

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A new addition from Red Barn Katahdins. Morgan has excellent growth and also brings excellent milk production and lamb survivability in his daughters. Red Barn Katahdins does not test for parasite resistance so we will be anxiously waiting to see how his lambs do in that trait. Morgan was bred to 24 ewes/ewe lambs.

Morgan has genetic potential (EBVs) that rank high in NSIP

  • Top 4% Weaning Weight (WWT)

  • Top 2% Post Weaning Weight (PWWT)

  • Top 15% Number of Lamb Weaned (NLW)

  • Top 1% Maternal Weaning Weight (MWWT)

  • Top 2% Katahdin Index

NSIP EBV Percentiles - BUL 18403

GBR 8047

Katahdin Hair Sheep Ram

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A 2018 son of Chip, out of a ewe lamb sired by Midnight. Nick has excellent growth and parasite resistance, along with good milk production in his daughters. Nick was bred to 22 ewes/ewe lambs.

Nick has genetic potential (EBVs) that rank high in NSIP

  • Top 5% Weaning Weight (WWT)

  • Top 3% Post Weaning Weight (PWWT)

  • Top 10% Weaning Fecal Egg Count (WFEC)

  • Top 10% Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count (PFEC)

  • Top 50% Maternal Weaning Weight (MWWT)

NSIP EBV Percentiles - GBR 8047

GBR 8202

Katahdin Hair Sheep Ram

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A 2018 son of Midnight. He has his father's excellent growth and good parasite resistance but adds better milk production in his daughters. His name reflects his shape and luckily not his personality. Pitbull was bred to 20 ewes/ewe lambs.

Pitbull has genetic potential (EBVs) that rank high in NSIP

  • Top 1% Weaning Weight (WWT)

  • Top 1% Post Weaning Weight (PWWT)

  • Top 15% Weaning Fecal Egg Count (WFEC)

  • Top 15% Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count (PFEC)

  • Top 45% Number of Lambs Weaned (NLW)

  • Top 25% Maternal Weaning Weight (MWWT)

  • Top 30% Katahdin Index

NSIP EBV Percentiles - GBR 8202

GBR 8005

Katahdin Hair Sheep Ram

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A 2018 ram lamb with excellent parasite resistance and good growth that should pass above average milk production on to his ewe lambs. We used Latte as our clean up ram so we expect a limited number of lambs out of him.

Latte has genetic potential (EBVs) that rank high in NSIP

  • Top 35% Weaning Weight (WWT)

  • Top 20% Post Weaning Weight (PWWT)

  • Top 10% Weaning Fecal Egg Count (WFEC)

  • Top 10% Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count (PFEC)

  • Top 50% Maternal Weaning Weight (MWWT)

NSIP EBV Percentiles - GBR 8005

2019 Ram Lamb Candidates

We created our 2019 ram lamb candidate list for people that placed deposits for 2019 ram lambs. We have 20 ram lambs on the list but only 8 ram lambs will be sold, nobody will left with just one to pick from. We tried to ensure that the list is a good mix of growth, parasite resistance and looks.