The Baalands flock consists of 38 purebred and crossbred
Katahdin ewes. For the 2014 lamb crop, three rams were used for breeding: a purebred registered Katahdin yearling ram (Phelps) from Triple L Farms (Virginia); a 5/8 Lacaune x 3/8 Katahdin ram lamb (Spooner) from the Spooner Agricultural Research Center (Wisconsin); and a 1/2 Katahdin x 1/4 Hampshire x 1/4 Suffolk yearling ram (B-Ears). The purpose of the current breeding program is to produce purebred registered Katahdins, as well as crossbred lambs of two specific types: Katahdin "Mule" (3/4 Katahdin x 1/4 Blackface) and Katahdin "Dairy" (11/16 Katahdin x 5/16 Lacaune).
The Baalands is a performance-oriented flock, specializing
in the production 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.
Lambs are born in February, March and April and ready to go in June and July. Purebred and crossbred lambs are available. Ram lambs are genotyped for scrapie resistance. Sometimes, a few mature ewes are available for sale after weaning.
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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