The Baalands is a "boutique" sheep
farm in Clear Spring, Maryland.
Thirty-two ewes are being bred for the 2020 lamb crop. The main sire is Charlie (RR) from Lee Wright's flock in Virginia. Charlie was consigned to the 2017 Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test. Ewe lambs are being bred to ram lambs, sons of the previous flock sire: Hawkeye, from Carl Ginapp's flock in Iowa. Both rams were selected for balanced EBVs, with an emphasis on maternal traits.
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.