Introducing our major 2019 herd sire: KMC 18037. We had the great privilege to be able to acquire this fantastic ram. He is one of the highest indexing lambs born in the NW this year. He ranks very well for maternal traits: milk production, prolifacy and lamb survivability while also having really strong growth numbers. He has an excellent hair coat, a nice frame, good muscling, and a nice calm temperament! As if it couldn't get any better, he is out of a ewe from David Coplen (Birch Cove Farm) in Missouri and brings some new bloodlines to the NW! He has black hooves and sound feet and legs. This ram really is a nice balanced ram that should throw some really nice ewe lambs next spring. His ewe lambs are already almost all spoken for for next year, contact us today to get on our list for the last remaining few.
This month, we had the exciting information come back from the last NSIP data run to give our flock EBV's for Weaning and Post Weaning Fecal Egg Count. This gives us information on the genetic ability of all of our lambs to be able to resist parasites, specifically the Haemonchus Contortus (Barber Pole) worm. These numbers track the trait across multiple generations and allow us to select the animals that have the best resistance to this costly problem in the sheep industry. Our flock is one of only two Katahdin flocks this side of the Midwest currently submitting this data. In addition, Katahdins are the only breed with an EBV for parasite resistance at 8 weeks of age, which means our flock is one of only two flocks of any breed currently measuring this economically important trait with an EBV this side of the Midwest. If you are looking for a herd sire, or some exceptional ewes where this trait is measured so you can improve your flock, give us a call or check our for sale page. Let our flock improve yours with "Production Trait Katahdins"!
Introducing our new ram: Red Chief!!
We purchased HSS 105 from Northern Idaho. He is an RR triplet and his sire was sold to Puerto Rico and his dam was from South Dakota from Dosch Katahdins. His grandsire was from Iowa from Red Barn Katahdins and was actually utilized by Red Barn Katahdins for several years as a breeding sire. He has some great muscling, confirmation, and an excellent hair coat!