The Katahdin is a breed of domestic sheep developed in Maine United States and named after Mount Katahdin - the state’s highest peak. The breed was developed during the second half of the 20th century by crossing selected St. Croix sheep from the Virgin Islands with various other breeds, including the Suffolk. Lambs were selected based on hair coat, meat-type conformation, high fertility, and flocking instinct.
The average Katahdin ewe weight is 120 to 160 pounds and the ram's weight is 180 to 250. Most Katahdin ewes will have a 200% lamb crop. The Katahdin sheds its winter coat, and so does not have to be sheared. They make an excellent addition to any livestock farm.
We keep a flock of commercial Katahdins and produce
15-25 lambs each spring.
the heritage haus katahdin flock
Our flock of Katahdin sheep lives outside on pasture 365 days a year. They have demonstrated strong parasite resistance, little need for hoof trimming, and minimal need for supplemental feed beyond hay in the winter.