The Katahdin is a heavy muscled, medium sized, easy-care meat type sheep.
They exhibit a natural tolerance of climatic extremes and are capable of high performance in areas that vary in geography, temperature, and humidity, as well as feed and forage systems.
Katahdins usually have a docile and quiet disposition - a temperament which contributes to easy handling, so that women and children have no problem moving them around.
The purpose of the breed is to efficiently and economically produce MEAT.
The shedding coat of the Katahdin does not require shearing and is preferably free of permanent wooly fibres. The coat can be any colour from white to brown to spotted. Polled animals are preferred; scurred or horned animals are recorded as such (only ewes can carry horns and rams that are horned cannot be registered).
Katahdin ewes are easy lambers, exhibiting strong maternal instincts with sufficient milk supply to raise twins or triplets. They possess a high potential for arriving at early puberty, for fertility, and for having a high rate of lamb survival.
Small at birth, lambs grow and mature rapidly to an acceptable market weight. Katahdin produces a well-muscled, lean carcass with a mild flavour. Some producers have experienced very little taste variation in the Katahdin meat even at a mature age, therefore maintaining a marketable product past the "lamb" stage.
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HIDDEN RIVER RANCH SHEEP FOR SALE
SALE LAMBS ARE POSTED ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE
Ewe lambs will be evaluated at 2 months of age, from there they will be split into breeding stock and meat stock.
If you would like to reserve your 2016 Katahdin Ewe lamb we take a 50% deposit on them at 2 months of age and they are available to their new homes at 4 months of age.
EWE LAMBS will be priced at $250 for unregistered and $300 for registered (with papers). We expect lots of color this year. Pictures will be posted as they arrive in March.
We will be taking reservations on meat lambs any time up till June 2015. The earlier you order the better as we sell out quickly. Our meat lambs remain on their mothers until 4 months of age to get the best nutrition possible. They are then put out on tame grass pastures that allow them the space to run freely and eat as much as they like. Our lambs have wonderful flavor because of the natural way they are raised. We butcher them at 6 months of age and generally get freezer packs that average 35 lbs of meat. Lambs are processed at an inspected facility, or we can sell them live weight to be done at your own butcher.
Cost is $8.50/lb Hanging weight (Cut/wrapped/frozen)
Or sold live at $2.50/lb.
Ram lambs will be evaluated at 2 months of age as well, they will be split into breeding stock and meat stock. if you would like to reserve your 2012 ram lambs we will be taking 50% deposits on them at 2 months of age and they are available to their new homes at 4 months of age. If they are required to be here longer than 4 months of age an extra charge will be addd to their costs.
UNREGISTERED RAM LAMBS
Our flock is comprised of purebred unregistered animals, we sell all our Ram lambs as pure breds starting at $300 each.
**Unregistered rams are only available with a deposit prior to 3 weeks of age**
REGISTERED RAM LAMBS
We may have a small number of registered Ram lambs available this year, they will be priced at $400 each, or $500 with their papers.
All lamb reservations must be held with a 50% deposit, meat lambs and breeding stock inclusive.
All breeding stock will be ready to go by July 1st, anything kept after this date will be subjected to a small boarding fee.
Delivery is available to some areas at the buyers expense.