Our current herd sires 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.
This ram is a looker. Owned in partnership with Twin Cedars Farm in Decatur, TN, 20015 was raised by Meinders Stock Farm. He has a ton of milk being almost 2! 4.166 Pwwt (Top 10%), -55 PFEC, 17 NLW, and a high 111.29 Hair Index! He is the eye catcher when you walk in the pen. Huge 35.5cm scrotal. He was a good 20 lbs + heavier than his contemporary group and twin brother. Can’t wait to see the results.
Very few rams in Katahdin breed has as many progeny in NSIP and across as many farms than the old NWT 337. Raised by Hound River Farm, 337 set the standard for years. Even today most of the top rams are sires/grandsires of this legend and we are honored to get to use him. Hoping to gain his maternal presence in our replacement ewes. Biggest percentage of our ewes are bred to this ram.
WFF 18041 is a home grown ram that we are very proud of. He is our growth heavy ram that was forage only raised. Very thick made and muscled and easy on the eyes. We was on loan this year to Twin Cedars Farm and we look forward to putting him back to work on the maternal ewe lambs we retain from the rams we did used. Should make a great cross.
The Future Commercial Ewe Project
This ram is a project I have been thinking of for awhile, but never thought it would come about. This ram is half Van Rooy and half Katahdin. The Van Rooy breed is a fat tailed breed from South Africa developed for arid regions for maximum production on natural grazing in very adverse conditions. Van Rooy breed played big part in the development of the White Dorper and Australian White breeds. Seeing some data years ago at a seminar on the maternal strength of the White Dorper compared to black headed Dorper caught my attention, knowing the difference between the two was the Van Rooy. I had a friend post a picture of this ram in Western OR and as soon as I saw that fat tell I knew someone was different. When she told me his mix, I never hesitated. Sold! I am using this ram on a bottom portion of my Katahdin ewes to develop a very nice commercial ewe.
The Romanov project came about after the Van Rooy ram discovery. Now I wanted to add some prolificacy to my commercial ewe I was developing. There really isn’t another choice except to add the known qualities of the Romanov. Romanovs are a true, pure unimproved sheep breed. They are not a cross of anything, unlike the majority of sheep breeds today. They are not a man made breed selected for any traits. They are as nature made them the way you see them today. The Romanov crosses as little as 25% can have big impact on multiple births and out of season lambing. My goal is to use the Romanov on my least productive Katahdin ewes to create a crossbred ewe to then breed back to my Van Rooy cross ram. Then I have created my version of the “easy care” sheep from USMARC without using the Dorper breed. 1/4 Romanov, 1/4 Van Rooy, 1/2 Katahdin. Can’t wait to see the results in coming years. Stay tuned!