* Katahdin USA Breed of Hair Sheep
* Exceptional Nutritional Qualities Over All Other Meats
* Naturally Vigorous and Hardy Against Parasites and Disease
* Exceptional Flavor, Pasture Raised
* Caring Ewes and Easy Lambing
The Moore family has a long history raising Lamb, gaining Blue ribbons early in 4-H. Suffolks were the breed of choice at the time and are still a favorite for their beauty. However, like most domestic and commercial lamb breeds, the Suffolk have slowly faltered in genetic vigor, making them less hardy and more subject to disease and loss. After much research in sustainability on homestead farms, we have chosen the Heritage Hair Sheep known as the Katahdin. Our sheep lamb and graze on green pastures and are free from the high level of Commercial Antibiotic and Hormone use that the USDA allows. The Katahdin Sheep is a hair lamb that requires no shearing. Their winter wool naturally sheds in spring and summer to a slick hair coat. They are a hardy breed with natural parasite resistance. They are good mothers, rarely needing assistance with lambing and delivering twins is common. Triplets and quads are often found in the breed. They are kind and even the rams are gentle. They are medium in size with ewes weighing about 140 to 180 lb. and rams reaching up to 280 lb. We use Livestock Guardian Dogs as Protectors for the herd, specifically the Akbash breed from Turkey.
Katahdin heritage meat is light in flavor, an excellent source of protein and is lower in cholesterol than chicken. It is an excellent choice for a healthy diet. In a study completed by the University of Saskatchewan* the following data was obtained comparing Katahdin Whole Leg meat to commercial meat.
Meat Availability: The meat from the Katahdin is mild and tender and is very healthy for you. It is unlike any commercial breed on the market. Commercial lamb according to the government can be any commercial breed under the age of about 12 months. Our lamb is true spring lamb, born on fresh pastures in the spring and raised for the fall harvest. Meat sells out quickly, so please visit our store to make your reservation today. VISIT THE SHOP.
*SOURCE: Katahdin nutritional data derived from a 1998 University of Saskatchewan study conducted on 12 sides of Katahdin meat from 12 animals from producers throughout Saskatchewan; ages 6 months – 2 years; male and female. Data for all other meats from USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, March 1998.
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