Pastured Tastes Better
Our Katahdin hair sheep are grown entirely on pasture, constantly moving to fresh paddocks using rotational, Management Intensive grazing techniques. We use the term "grass-fed" and mean it. Our sheep spend their entire liVES on pasture and are 100% grass-fed, making our lamb the highest quality and best-tasting available.
We have approximately 30 acres in pasture fenced with high-tensile wire. We move the sheep in a "management-intensive" rotational and rational grazing system, meaning that we observe the pasture and the animals and move them over the whole farm to best utilize, and in some cases stockpile, the grasses and forages.
Worth started the sheep herd in 2011 with 4 ewes and a ram and we are currently grazing 31 adult ewes and ram. We are happy to see the herd numbers beginning to increase, and can't wait to have even more lamb available soon!
Katahdin hair sheep were the obvious choice for this region because they are generally considered parasite resistant, and are well suited to the Southeast. While not technically a heritage breed, the Katahdins were originally bred by an amateur geneticist who crossed African Hair Sheep and St. Croix stock beginning in the early 1950s in Maine. In 1986, the breed became officially recognized. They have been widely adapted and are well-known and revered for their superior meat quality, parasite resistance, and general hardiness. For more information and the history of Katahdins, check out the University of Oklahoma's Katahdins page.
All the animal operations at PTB Farm are Animal Welfare Approved and humanely slaughtered.