Who knew? We didn’t either, until we started this journey. It turns out that sheep come in all shapes, sizes and breeds. And like dogs, each breed hails from a different region and has been bred for specific purposes.
Katahdin sheep were first bred in Maine by Michael Piel in the 1950s, and are named for Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. Katahdins are “hair sheep”, meaning they’re bred for meat, not wool, and do not require shearing. They are a very hearty, mid-sized breed (120 to 150 pounds for the ewes), and thrive in a wide range of climates. They’re reliable breeders and mothers, and consistently produce and rear twins. The breed has grown in popularity, and can now be found across the Eastern US. More recently, Katahdins have become increasingly popular in the Southern Plains and Rocky Mountain states, where cattle ranchers have realized the breed’s hearty nature makes them a great addition to their cattle herds.
We chose to breed and raise Katahdins for their easy care and adaptability. Sustainability and respect for our animals are among our Commitments, and we’re able to raise our Katahdins with minimal human intervention. Whereas some sheep breeds require more active management, we provide our Katahdins safe, green pastures with a natural water supply and a little extra hay in the winter, and they take care of the rest.