Ashmore, Illinois, United States
Posted Jan 08, 2019
After some research I purchased these sheep from a local farm about 4 years ago. I previously owned Nubian goats, which are very fun, but wanted a less social animal that could be used for meat production and needed very little maintenance. These Katahdin Sheep are perfect for my little hobby farm. They do not need to have horns removed/burned out, they do not need sheering, they do not need to have their tails docked. The sheep are very hardy, dealing well with hot and cold temperatures. They are good mothers, they usually have twins or triplets, only yearlings have single lambs in my experience. I never had to help with a birth before, as they always seem to handle it on their own and I only find out once the lambs are suddenly there. Quite sneaky they are with birthing. They do a great job of "mowing down" a pasture.
No health problems, I only had to treat a single lamb for liver fluke so far, after 4 years of having these sheep. If you are planning on using them for meat you will not be disappointed. It is some of the best meat I have had. No gamy flavor. Make sure you butcher male lambs (ram lambs) within their first year of life. If you do this you do not need to band (neuter) them. Females can be butchered later so they can put on a bit more weight. They are not the most social animals, they care about food, not human company. But their hardiness and low maintenance make them the perfect farm animals, especially for new farmers.