These 50 yearlings were born late in April and through May of 2016. They were raised separate from the flock of mature ewes so as to assure that they continued to grow and develop good body structure to facilitate a positive lambing experience for their first time.
These ewes were split into four breeding groups and exposed to four rams for one month in February 2017 to lamb in June of 2017. Of the 50 ewes exposed, 43 lambed and 7 are open and ready to be exposed at any time.
The 7 open ewes break out by percentage Katahdin as follows: 3 are 100%, 3 are 87.5% and 1 is 75%
The 43 ewes that lambed break out by percentage Katahdin as follows: 29 are 100%; 2 are 94%; 10 are 87.5% and 2 are 75%
The 43 ewes produced 6 sets of twins and 37 singles. It is common and desirable for yearlings to have singles on their first lambing. This gives them time to become acclimated to being a mother and allows their udders to develop while they can raise a nice sized lamb. All these young ewes have done an outstanding job in raising their first lambs. We kept those with twins separate and supplemented them more to help them produce more milk for their lambs and to prevent them from loosing weight from the experience as they will take from their own body to produce more for their lambs.
As with the mature ewes, the pricing depends on the quantity purchased and the percentage Katahdin chosen. We will sell ewe/lamb combo's.
Call or text 518-935-0923 with questions or to arrange a visit.Call or text 518-935-0923 with questions or to arrange a visit.
16 of these ewe lambs were born as twins and 7 are triplets.
10 are 100%, 5 are 94%, 7 are 87.5% and 1 is 75%.
These ewes will be ready to breed in late Fall for Spring lambing.
23 Ewe Lambs For Sale - Born in March 2017
26 Mature Ewes For Sale --
50 Yearling Ewes For Sale
As of July 7, 2017, all the 26 mature ewes listed above are available. Price depends on quantity purchased and the percentage(s) chosen. Call or text 518-935-0923 with questions or to arrange a visit
It should be noted that our emphasis has been on meat production. We have approached our shift to hair sheep from two angles. We began by breeding our Dorset/Texel crosses to purebred Katahdin rams to bring the heavy muscling from our wool sheep forward. We also purchased purebred Katahdin ewes early on in our transition. As one looks over our flock, it is often difficult to differentiate between the percentages and the purebreds. Occasionally, there will be some hair retention by the percentages. We have a good record in our flock for multiple birth as well as good growth in our management system to sell 65 - 70 pound lambs.
At lambing we collect the key statistics to use in evaluating which ewes stay in our flock and which offspring to retain for replacements. In 2015 we began participating in the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) under which we submit data into a database for ongoing statistical analysis to get a better understanding of the genetics behind our flock, which would allow us to further refine our selection process.
These 26 mature ewes lambed in March of 2017. The statistics for them are as follows: one set of quads, seven sets of triplets and 18 sets of twins.
This represents a 235% lamb crop - 61 lambs from 26 ewes!