We live in the temperate Willamette Valley in Northwest Oregon, this is a good area to raise grass fed lamb. There is a lot of interest in raising lean healthy meat and the Katahdin is an excellent choice to do this. KRK Katadins strive to raise and sell quality breeding stock and have been working hard to improve the Katahdin breed in the NW as well as educate the public about what our breed can do for them. We run about 60 ewes.
By raising our sheep mostly on pasture and using forage products when needed to supplement it we can produce a lean lamb that meets the public’s needs for taste and health.
We've been working for 11 years to improve the size, muscling and growth rates of the flock while keeping their great hair coats, milking and mothering abilities. We are getting more lbs of lamb weaned per ewe and have shortened the time from birth to market size. Our ewes consistently lamb with mostly twins and triplets and have the milking and mothering abilities to do a good job raising all their lambs. We lamb the yearlings in July, the main flock in the winter and a few in the fall. This last year we had a 225% lamb crop raised. We have brought back six excellent rams in the last several years from Illinois and Montana to improve our bloodlines. Using these rams on our own good ewes and consistently selecting for excellence in size, muscling, growth, milking and twining we have developed a flock that is having a real impact on the perception of the breed on the West Coast.
The word is spreading about this great breed!
The last three years we have been using EPDs in the NSIP. This is another tool we can use to measure performance and help us make good selections and improvements in the flock. Two of our rams made the NSIP balanced ram list this year and one is in the top fifteen in numbers weaned.