Saturday, April 9, 2016

Katahdin "Hair" Sheep

A variety of "hair" sheep - The Katahdin is a breed of domestic sheep developed in Maine, USA and named after Mount Katahdin - the highest peak in Maine.

The Katahdin is one of the most popular breeds of sheep in the United States. It leads all breeds in the number of registered animals. The Katahdin is valued for its lack of need for shearing and tail docking, as well as its parasite resistance and reproductive efficiency.

While often compared to goats (because they don't have wool), hair sheep are not goats. Children may be excited about the relative lack of work required to prepare their hair sheep for the show ring, but one downside to showing hair sheep is the fact that they are still relatively rare in the US.

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