or Hair Sheep Qualities
The Katahdin breed
is a woolless, easy care, meat type sheep, naturally tolerant of climatic extremes and capable of high performance in a wide
variety of environments. The purpose of the breed is to efficiently produce meat.
The covering of the Katahdin does not require shearing and is preferably completely free
of permanent wooly fibers. The coat can be any color or pattern.
Katahdins are a heavy-muscled, medium-sized breed. They demonstrate adaptability by performing well in areas varying
in geography, temperature, and humidity, feed and forage resources, and management systems. Ewes are easy lambers and exhibit
strong maternal instincts and good milking ability. They possess high potential for early puberty, fertility, and lamb survivability.
Lambs grow and mature rapidly to an acceptable
market weight range and produce relatively lean and well muscled carcasses with a very mild flavor.