Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spring is Coming and so are the Lambs

This past week, in temperatures in the teens, we had several new arrivals to The Farm. Our Katahdin ewes have begun to lamb.

Katahdin sheep are best know for their mild flavored, delectable meat and we can certainly attest to that attribution. One characteristic that surprises many of our customers when they drive out to visit the sheep is that they seem to have little or no wool. Even more concerning is that they can sometimes look like something the cat dragged in, dishevelled looking with clumps of hair hanging by a thread.

Katahdins are referred to as hair sheep and throughout the spring and summer, all that hair is continually falling out. We will find clumps of hair strewn around the farm wherever the sheep have ventured. It can actually give away a slip under the fence and trot around the farm when no one was looking.

So on your next trip to the farm take a look at the new babies and don't be dismayed by the dangling locks of hair, that's just a Katahdin.


  1. do you ever sell any of your baby lambs?
    we are looking to add lambs to our farm and have looked into types of lambs and the katahdin is one we have thought about.
    here is my email if you

  2. Hello Marmee,
    We do sell our lambs but usually not until they are weaned. The most economical way to get started in sheep is to purchase a ewe that is bred. That way, since the Katahdins usually have twins you will get three sheep for the price of one. We have ewes for sale right now that will lamb in late spring. Let me know if you would like more information.

    Take care