The Baalands
Purebred and Crossbred Katahdin Sheep

 

Young grazers 

Naturally-raised

Getting a drink

Certified scrapie-free

Foursome

Different kinds of lambs

The Baalands.  The Baalands is a small sheep farm in Clear Spring, Maryland. Thirty-two ewes were bred for the 2015 lamb crop. Most of the ewes were bred to a purebred registered RR Katahdin ram. Ewe lambs were bred to a homegrown ram. A few ewes were bred to a 69% Katahdin x 31% Lacaune ram. The first lambs are due in mid-March. Ewe lambs were exposed 21 days later and will lamb mostly in April.

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Performance. The Baalands is a production-oriented flock, specializing in the breeding of replacement ewe lambs and maternal sires. Selection is on the basis of maternal traits: fertility, prolificacy, mothering ability, milk production, udder conformation, longevity, and easy-care (no shearing, good fleshing, minimal deworming, and minimal hoof trimming). The goal of the Baalands is to raise Katahdins and their crosses for use in profit-oriented sheep enterprises.

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For Sale. Ewe and ram lambs will be available for purchase in late-June early July. Deposits will hold lambs until they are ready to be picked up. Several mature ewes will also be available for purchase. Only sound ewes, capable of producing and raising lambs, will be sold.

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Why Katahdins?  Katahdins are a medium-sized hair (shedding) sheep developed in the United States (Maine) in the 1950's. They do not require shearing, crutching, or tail docking. They are more resistant to internal parasites (worms) than conventional wooled breeds. Katahdins excel in reproductive performance, typically producing lamb crops in excess of 200 percent. They can be crossed with rams of any breed to produce replacement ewe lambs and market lambs of the desired type.


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Last updated 16-Mar-2015
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SUSAN SCHOENIAN  •  THE BAALANDS
15007 Hicksville Road, Clear Spring, Maryland 21722-1229  USA
Phone: (301) 582-4317  •  E-mail:
susan@baalands.com