Sheep for Sale
The Baalands sells ewe and ram lambs. Lambs are usually born in March and April and ready to go in July and August, after weaning and a several week adjustment period. At the time of sale, they will have been vaccinated twice for CDT, treated for coccidia, and tapeworms. They will also have received a 0.5 gram bolus of copper oxide wire particles. Registration and transfer fees are included in the price.
Ewe and ram lambs of the following breed types will be available for purchase in 2019:
Purebred registered Katahdin
Katahdin "Dairy" (Katahdin x Lacaune, 8-16%),
Katahdin "Mule" (Katahdin x Blackface; usually only a small percentage)
The Blackface (BF) component of the cross is is Hampshire x Suffolk. Lacaune is a French dairy breed that produces milk with a high percentage of butter fat. The crosses have minimal wool cover and are bred to shed.
There were two sires for the 2019 lamb crop: "Hawkeye" CMG 16067 (Carl Ginapp, Iowa), and "Charlie" WRI 17045 (Lee Wright, Virginia). Carl Ginapp and Lee Wright have flocks that are enrolled in the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP). Lee Wright had the top-performing ram in the 2017 Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Ram Test. Ewe lambs (yearlings when they lambed) were bred to home-grown ram lambs.
For 2019, the price for one ewe lamb will be $350. The price will be lower if you purchase several ewe lambs. Ram lambs can be blood tested for scrapie resistance. RR ram lambs will be available. For 2019, the price of RR Katahdin ram lambs will $500. Discounts are offered for volume purchases. $100 will reserve ewes and rams before they are ready to be picked up.
The flock was certified scrapie-free on October 18, 2008. Due to changes in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program, the flock is no longer enrolled. However, the flock remains mostly closed, with only occasional introductions of rams or ewes.
Lambs for meat
Market lambs are usually available (usually all intact males) starting in July. You can check the prices at New Holland (PA) to determine the approximate value of market lambs. Lambs are sold on a per pound basis.
The farm-fresh lambs at the Baalands sell at a premium compared to those sold at public livestock auctions.
Market lambs can be delivered to a local abattoir for custom or federally-inspected slaughter. They can be delivered to your farm for on-farm slaughter (usually for a fee).