We started with Katahdin sheep with a view to adding a low maintenance sheep breed to complement our farm's grazing plans and as a source of delicious lamb and mutton. The Katahdin breed was an obvious choice for us with their low maintenance, no-shearing winter fleece which sheds naturally and their excellent maternal instincts, they have been a real pleasure to breed and keep. They are one of our favorite livestock breeds on the farm.
We have used rams from non-NSIP flocks but have moved to using NSIP recorded rams. Currently, we have registered purebred progeny from "KDJ 1743" from Kenneth Jessee, 'WHK 1431 Whitey' from Whitmore Farm and Will Morrow and Kent Ozkum. Recently we have acquired 'Charlie Numbers' (Produced at Rolling Spring Farm and D. Lee Wright) from Susan Schoenian in Maryland. 'Charlie' was tested in the WV Katahdin Ram test and had an ADG index of 114 off the test and has an NSIP Maternal figure indicating +19% for lambs reared. Charlie is recorded by the NSIP.