Hair Breed

Katahdin

Posted: April 19, 2021

Breed Type: Hair Breed
Country of Origin: United States
Breed Association Website: katahdins.org

Katahdin sheep are born in the USA!

The breed was originally developed in the state of Maine by Michael Piel, the breed founder. The traits he wanted were:

  • Shedding ability
  • Easy care
  • Profitability
  • Ability to have and raise MULTIPLE LAMBS
  • Parasite resistance
  • Moderate size and adaptability

Katahdin sheep are different!

Katahdin sheep have no wool!

They have hair like a dog and can grow hair in the winter and shed the hair in the summer.

Katahdin sheep are born with long tails (like all lambs do) but the Katahdin Breed Association Standards say to leave the tails long and not to “dock” (cut short) the tails.

Katahdin sheep come in a variety of colors: solids of black,or white, or red, or brown and even harlequin: black and white spots, or brown/ fawn and white spots or mottled (freckled).

Katahdin sheep have a 200% lambing ability and can often have twins, triplets and even quadruplets!


This breed presented by

Rabbit Run Farm and Castle Keep Farm
Joan Horman
5109 Cap Stine Rd
Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 473-5304

Barbados Blackbelly

Posted: April 10, 2021

Breed Type: Hair Breed
Country of Origin: Barbados
Breed Association Website: blackbellysheep.org

HEAD
Ideal: The shape of the head is oval to triangular with a typical “roman” nose. The head of the ram is distinctly masculine, and that of the ewe is feminine. The muzzle is wide and strong with firm lips. Incisor teeth must meet the dental pad.
Acceptable: A ewe’s head may exhibit some less feminine coarseness, but it must still be decidedly distinct from the ram’s head.
Discouraged: Muzzle more narrow than ideal.
Not to Standard: Overshot or undershot jaw

EARS
Ideal: The ears are pointed and when alert stick out from the side of the head parallel to the ground. The ear length should be approximately one-half the width of the animal’s skull at the widest point of the skull. Some variation in the size of the ears is permitted.
Acceptable: Ears pointing forward, ears not parallel to the ground.
Discouraged: Floppy adult ears, half ears or less ( “elf” ears).

EYES
Ideal: The eyes are almond shaped. The irises of the eyes can be any shade of brown or golden brown.
Discouraged: Eyes of a color other than brown or golden brown.
Not to Standard: …

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