The Baalands
Purebred and Crossbred Katahdin Sheep

 

Katahdin ewe lambs

Naturally-raised

Lambing jugs

Certified scrapie-free

Litter of crossbred lambs

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).

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Performance. 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.

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For Sale. 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.

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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 08-Dec-2013
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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