Current Katahdin Rams

Our current registered Katahdin Rams are chosen for producing Katahdin lambs that are hardy, parasite resistant, and that yield higher pounds of lamb born and raised without losing the maternal traits that make the Katahdin breed so strong.  We use detailed, accurate production records and EBVs to make selection and breeding decisions for our Katahdin sheep flock.

Picking out new rams is like going to a Ford dealership and looking through tons of options.  With EBV’s from NSIP you have the ability to select traits you want to improve on to help your current flock.  It is a balancing act trying not to get caught up in single trait selection but rather trying to increase every trait equally.

The most important thing you can do for improvement within your flock is to select the correct ram.  The ram is only half of your lambs genetics, however those replacement ewe lambs from that ram can make lasting impressions in your flock.  The correct ram can make the fastest improvements in your flock.  

Something I see quite often is a breeder will keep swapping rams every year hoping for better lambs, but they never replace the ewes.  Hopefully the ewe lambs from your ram and current ewes are better than there parents if you are successful.  Those ewe lambs from that cross is where you will find the genetic merit from your ram.  So choosing that ram is the most important decision due to those replacement ewe lambs.

Below are the rams we have chosen and a little bit about them and why we chose them for our flock.  We can only hope they make the lasting impression for years to come.

CMG 16103, wow.  When I was lucky enough to acquire NWT 337 “Maximus” I got to thinking man he is old and I need to save a son for future breeding.  Then I thought where is the best son of him now and low and behold my friend Lynn Fahrmeier had 16103 and he has proven to be maybe go down as one of the best balanced proven Katahdin rams in NSIP.  He is a top Katahdin ram that over the course of 5 yrs and close to 250 lambs in couple flocks has proven to be a great maternal ram with high accuracies and top 10% in almost every trait!  Notice a trend?  We are working on building maternal traits in our ewe flock!  First lambs to arrive winter 2022.

ELR 9194

We don’t name many sheep, but this one is lil Dan.  Purchased from friends at Ewe Lamb Right Farm this ram is nice balanced young Katahdin ram.  Didn’t get a chance to use him last year so looking forward to seeing his offspring in 2021.  Another maternal heavy Katahdin ram to build replacement ewes from.

USD 20102 is a young fall born Katahdin ram that we are excited to watch.  Raised at the USDA Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in western Arkansas, we will give him some test ewes this fall.

GBR 1042 is a young ram I seen in the background of a shared photo and instantly wanted to follow this ram’s progress.  Very solid animal raised by my friends Etienne and Isabella Richards of Gibraltar Farm in New York.  Being in the top 1% of WWT and PWWT is no easy accomplishment and to still maintain some parasite resistance is a plus.  Gibraltar Farm is 100% grassfed and using NSIP to improve the genetics of their flock.  Can’t wait to pick this guy up and throw some ewes at him.

USD 19071 is a young proven Katahdin ram that filled a trait gap we were having. Raised at the USDA Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in western Arkansas, MacArthur will help our replacement ewes with parasite resistance without losing much in post weaning and milking genetics.