+ Katahdin Sheep
Lamb from the Sheep Flock
Katahdin sheep are a breed of hair sheep developed by Michael Piel of Maine. Piel imported hair sheep from Africa and crossbred them to Tunis, Southdown, Hampshire, Suffolk, Cheviots and other "Down" breeds until he had reached his goal of a meat sheep that did not require shearing.
Piel selected for a hair coat, meat-type conformation, high fertility, and good flocking instincts. The resulting composite breed was named Katahdin and are ideal for pasture lambing and grass/forage based management systems. Ewes usually have twins, occasionally producing triplets or quadruplets.
Of The Earth Farm chose Katahdin sheep for their low maintenance and superior meat quality. The growing flock rotates through the pasture and orchard with their bodyguard, Alfred the llama. Lambs are born in May to maximize the benefits of the lush spring grass for the lactating ewes.
The lamb is sold in cuts at the Kansas City Farmers Market and on the farm. Half and whole lamb can be reserved with a deposit, please refer to the order form below. Bookings for half and whole lambs are being accepted now.