KMC 7040

Offered for sale as a purebred, registered Katahdin ewe $250

This is a pretty red ewe with white markings, white tail, and long hind socks.  She is fairly petite. Her dam is out of very old-stock PNW genetics, sire is from Thistle Grove Farm (John Bare, DVM, in Iowa). This girl’s dam came to me as part of a large purchase of Mary Bakko’s (MRL) ewes when she was retiring. Mary loaded an extra one in the trailer, and it was a 9 year old red girl that Mary didn’t have the heart to cull, as she’d given them 21 lambs . 🙂 I was able to get one more ewelamb out of her before she hit the end of her line, and this is it. This girl has had some bum luck. She started out well, raised twins as a yearling, which is unusual in my operation. The next year, she had a single ewelamb, which I still have. Last year she had a tiny, weak preemie-type lamb that died after a few days, despite aggressive treatment and oversight. And this year, she had premature stillborn twins, over which she was very upset. I brought her in thinking I would graft a lamb onto her, only to find she didn’t have much milk (maybe because her fetuses perished early). So, she either needs to retire to a pet home, or if she’s bred again, be fed really good and be prepared to hover over her lambs to make sure they succeed. She comes from a really good maternal line and is a very protective, maternal dam. But her EBVs are hurt by the variable performance of her lambing record. Lambing record starting as a yearling: 2/2, 1/1, 1/0, 2/0.

Photo taken May 2021. EBVs from 2021 lamb crop birth data. This ewe can go to a new home any time. Priced at cull price.

0.124 -0.391 -1.625 6% -3% -0.289 -1.038 84.46 96.09
Single birth
DOB: 4/5/17
QR  or RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
JRB14007 MOF1107 WJF0905
JRB1232 GF9329
JPS60092 NF0727 BS26K
JPS012 CK00-40

MRL 329

Offered for sale as a purebred, registered Katahdin ewe $275

This is a large-framed, gentle, white ewe. When Mary Bakko (Misty River Farm, Moses Lake) retired from sheep in 2016, I bought twelve of her highest-EBV ewes. They were in a very different feeding environment in Eastern WA (small acreage, irrigated pasture, super high quality hay) and most of them struggled to transition to my farm at middle age, with more walking required, grazing more marginal forage, and a different parasite load. I have found in Mary’s feeding system, she consistently got these very large frames (circa 180 lbs) whereas these same genetics don’t get as big on pasture at my farm, hovering more around a standard 150 lbs. This is one of the last ewes here from that purchase, I’ve mostly kept daughters out of those ewes to capture the genetics, but moved the original ewes on or culled them for being unthrifty. You can see in the photo how she draws down her weight quite a bit from nursing on pasture.

She’s had some maternal problems as she’s gotten older. In 2019, she aborted triplets a month early. In 2020, she was open or otherwise lost her pregnancy (sometimes I find an aborted fetus in the field, but I don’t know which ewe it belonged to). I might have sold her earlier, except that she’s a very calm ewe around guardian dogs, and she was helpful to pen with my newly purchased pup for training purposes. So she stayed here one more year! Despite her large frame, she is a very bomb-proof, calm and gentle ewe and is very easy to handle. This year, she had twins, both born very weak, and I had to do a lot of work to strengthen them. One also had a severe heart murmur, so I orphan-reared him. Her lambing record starting as a two-year-old: 2/2, 3/2 (one stillborn), 2/2, 3/0, 0/0 (?), 2/1.

I think she could do well on a small farm that has good feed, and does more hay or grain feeding, vs relying on graze most of the year. She carries pregnancy risk, but with good feeding and monitoring, she may be able to produce twins and triplets for quite a few more years. She has good EBVs (besides her NLW, which has taken a hit from the losses), so she could produce some strong replacement daughters. I’m selling her at a cull/pet price, knowing she carries risk and needs more care. I usually get $2/lb live weight for mutton ewes, so I’ve discounted her quite a bit from that because I think she’s a nice girl who would enjoy being a pet on a small acreage again. Mary loved her ewes, and I believe this one’s name was “Nancy” back then. 🙂

Photo taken July 2021.  EBVs from 2021 lamb crop WWT data.

0.025 0.836 1.783 26% -9% 0.264 0.735 95.96 97.23
Twin birth
DOB: 4/12/14
RR at codon 171 (by parentage)
KRK2123RR KRK0845 VJ7039
VJ8086 BTS105R
MRL271 KRK2123RR KRK0845
MRL205 KRK921