We had considered leaving or removing certain crossbred ewes in the Katahdin flock for upgrading. They had St Croix and/or miniscule amounts of Barbados and Black Hawaiian in their backgrounds. Many registered Katahdin breeders won’t touch anything with Barbados in it with a 500ft pole. These ewes with backgrounds like this are still in the Registered/Recorded Katahdin upgrading program, but I will be transparent about the background, and may sell the offspring as Commercial (no papers).
We still plan to increase our Registered St Croix flock as we go due to so many orders of ewe lambs!
The forecast for breeding this summer looks like this: Registered St Croix ram, Luke, will have 8 Registered St Croix ewes. Registered Katahdin ram, Chief, will have 1 Registered Katahdin Ewe (with the small percentage of Barbados and Black Hawaiian in her background), 6 Recorded Katahdin ewes, and 3 Non-Papered Katahdin Ewes. Recorded Katahdin ram, Crichton will have 2 Registered Katahdin ewes.
As you can see, we won’t have Registered Katahdins being born next year. Crichton’s mother, Colby, has never given us ewe lambs so he will be breeding a couple Registered ewes to try to keep her bloodline alive in the flock. Both those ewes have given me ewe lambs so we’re hopeful. Colby will be with Chief so we can try AGAIN with her as well.
(Pictured is Colby this past February having Crichton and his brother.)
Registered St Croix ewe lambs already have a waiting list, and I plan to keep a lot to build the flock too. We will probably have a Registered St Croix ram lamb availabile in that flock though.
The Katahdin Flock may have one ram lamb kept intact between the Commercial and Recorded offspring, but we will be keeping several ewe lambs as replacements. We will possibly be selling some adult non-papered Katahdin ewes from this flock next year as well.
It looks like we will have lots of market lambs, a few ram lambs, and very few ewe lambs next year! Please go to the Contact link to get your name on the waiting list for next year!