About Katahdin Sheep
Katahdin is pronounced “ka-TAH-din” named after Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
Katahdin sheep are hardy, heavy muscled and medium sized. They are a unique hair sheep instead of the more common wooly sheep, with a combination of desirable traits.
This breed was developed in America to produce meat efficiently and economically. The meat tends to be lean and mild in flavor even in older sheep.
The Katahdin are economical. They can breed out of season, do not require shearing or tail docking, are well known for being disease and parasite resistant, and demonstrate good prolificacy. The breed tends to be naturally tolerant of climactic extremes and adapts well to various feed and forage systems.
Katahdin sheep demonstrate calm dispositions, lamb easily, and tend to be great mothers. Lambs have a high rate of survival and rapid growth performance. Mature breeding ewes often support at least twins. Their milk is rich in fat content, creating opportunity as dairy sheep. Farms can produce exceptional sheep’s milk products.
White is the most common hair color of Katahdin sheep, but some exhibit brown or other colors. Spots may be displayed in unique patterns.
The Katahdin are becoming increasingly more popular. As a hardy, adaptable, low maintenance breed, Katahdin sheep are well suited for commercial flocks and hobby farms.