The Baalands is a small sheep
farm in Clear Spring, Maryland.
Thirty-four ewes were bred for the 2021 lamb crop. Three homegrown rams were used for breeding. All are sons (or grandsons) of previous flock sires: EHJ 505 from the flock of Ed & Helen Julian (OH), CMG 16067 from the flock of Carl Ginapp (IA), and WRI 17145 from the flock of Lee Wright (VA). All are sons of top-performing ewes in the flock.
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.