They purchased some sheep from Piel in the mid-1970s and established the first satellite flock of Katahdins. I feel that this possibility of producing lambs throughout the year, as well as providing sheep that would not have to be sheared, which many of our producers consider a disadvantage since shearers are very difficult to obtain here, might encourage some of the local livestock men to obtain a flock of sheep along with their beef cattle operation. The rest were bred to miscellaneous part-African ram lambs in hopes that the law of chance would shake up the genes a little bit. The development of the breed began in the late 1950’s with the importation of a small number of haired sheep from the Caribbean by Michael Piel of Maine. Heat tolerance trials demonstrated a similar relationship. He intended to improve size and bone by incorporating the Wiltshire into the Katahdins. Studies of internal parasite tolerance in Arkansas indicate that Katahdin sheep possess a significantly higher degree of parasite resistance than wool sheep that they were compared to. It was developed by Michael Piel during the second half of the 20th century. His first intentions related to establish… Most Katahdin ewes will have a 200% lamb crop. I noticed this fall that I now have three or four part-African ewes that are quite a lot better than average. Agricultural Research Service in St. Croix, Virgin Islands who was working with hair sheep flocks on the island. He began to experiment with crosses between the hair sheep and various British breeds, especially Suffolk. The Katahdin sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from United States. [further explanation needed]The average Katahdin ewe weight is 120 to 160 pounds and the ram's weight is 180 to 250. I bred quite a few of them to my old, original African ram, “King Tut” in order to get a bunch of 3/4-breds. Heifer Project International, an international livestock development charity, took an interest in Piel’s work and his “improved” hair sheep. Paul and Margaret Jepson of Vermont had become acquainted with Piel while trying to locate Wiltshire Horn stock and decided the newly developed Katahdins would suit them better. Michael Piel died suddenly of a heart attack in December of 1976. This ram was part-African and part-Suffolk. Katahdin in Maine. During the mid 1970’s the Wiltshire Horn, a shedding breed from England, was incorporated into the flock to add size and improve carcass quality. From this point on, crosses of many breed combinations (including Cheviots and other “Down” breeds), were made as Piel tried to determine what would create the type of ewe he was looking for. We have members from Mexico to Northern Canada and have exported to Ecuador, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Chile, and Central America. The Katahdin breed has proven to be adaptable, easy to manage and efficient—no wonder it is a “breed whose time has come.”. In October 1975, Piel imported a handful of Wiltshire Horn sheep from Wales via Canada. From this original flock, new breeders have been able to expand the number of Katahdin sheep in North America and many other countries, and select carefully for hair coat, carcass quality, and reproductive efficiency. In the early 1970s, when he felt he'd come close to achieving his goal, he selected 120 ewes from his large flock and named them Katahdins after Mt. Katahdin Hair Sheep International | PO Box 739, Fowlerville, MI 48836 | Phone: (717) 335-8280, * Register individual Katahdins and record performance, In the early 1970s, Piel felt he had come close to his goal of a “meat sheep that did not require shearing.”. I bred another big bunch to another yearling ram which I had selected because of improved conformation as well as relative wool-less ness. Almost all of our African Hair-cross ewes bred at the first period in April and produced lambs in September and October. Since 2001, KHSI has been in the top 6 registries in the USA in terms of number of animals registered per year. Commercial flocks of Katahdin and Katahdin cross ewes have become more popular for efficient, low input meat lamb production.