Katahdins are a low maintenance, easy-keeping hair sheep breed with strong maternal instincts, natural parasite resistance, and meaty carcasses. At Baken Creek Farm, our sheep are 100% grass-fed within our management-intensive rotational grazing system. The sheep have access to free-choice organic mineral supplements and are never fed any grain. Ewes lamb on pasture and rarely require assistance. No wool shearing, tail docking, castration, hoof trimming, or vaccinations are required within our production system.
Lambs are born early-to-mid May and weaned in August when all rams and ram lambs are removed to grow out in separate paddocks. Ram lambs hit a market weight of about 100 pounds live weight on an all pasture diet by early December, while ewe lambs hit breeding weight by this time as well. In early December, breeding rams are selected and introduced to the breeding ewes. Breeding stock is fed winter stockpile and hay through the winter.
We have a strict "one strike and you're out" policy for our breeding stock--meaning if we have to medicate or intervene in any significant health or lambing issue that animal is out of consideration for breeding. This strict protocol results in only the hardiest of grass-based genetics. All sheep are broken to electric fencing--netting and polybraid. Our sheep are also accustomed to grazing with pigs (pigs separated during lambing).
Breeding stock, if available, can be purchased from late summer until early winter. Reservations are accepted via a $100 deposit per head at the link below.
What Baken Creek Farm has to offer...
Availability varies each year and changes by the season. Click the "Reserve Breeding Stock" link above to complete an inquiry/interest form and we'll reach out to coordinate availability and pick up options.
Recommended to first-time shepherds. Ewes that are typically 1.5-5+ years old. These ewes have experience lambing on their own and lambing should be fairly uneventful. The older proven ewes we sell are sold because we are keeping their offspring and with maintaining a small flock we can only keep so many ewes from a maternal line.
Ewe lambs are born on pasture in May and ready to breed around December. Ewe lambs are available for purchase and pick-up after weaning, which is usually August.
Breeding Ram Lambs
Ram lambs are born on pasture in May and ready to breed by fall. It is best to wait a few months after weaning to allow the rams to develop and let the "cream rise to the top."
Mature rams that have been used for our breeding here at Baken Creek Farm. These are rare to come by, but offer the best of what is available.
Recommended for first-time shepherds and those interested in raising their own lambs for butchering. Ram lambs are born on pasture in May and weaned in August. Meat rams are ready to pick up shortly after weaning in August. Meat rams will be ready to butcher before winter or hold through to the following summer/fall for an exceptionally meaty carcass.