Hair Sheep

19Here’s one of our Katahdin rams.  Instead of wool, he’s got hair.  It feels kind of like some dog breeds.  Hair sheep are becoming more popular with shepherds.  They don’t require shearing, which if you’re a spinner, that makes no sense.  If you’re a shepherd without an easy source for getting rid of fleece, it’s a pain and an expense.  The shearers we used this year travelled all the way to Virginia from Michigan, and we were thankful to be able to use them.  Hair sheep are also more resistant to intestinal parasites, which is a difficulty in this part of the country.  Probably every part of the country.   Hair breeds supposedly make up approx. 10% of the world’s sheep population and are growing in popularity.  We’re happy to have a few in our flock.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy Steinruck
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 09:28:22

    Connie, He is very handsome. Will you breed him to your ewes and then get a crossbreed sheep?

    I am still waiting to here what you caught in the trap in the barn??


  2. Connie
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 09:52:42

    Hi Sandy! Yep, we’ve got a bunch of crossbred lambs this year. As for the barn, we haven’t caught it yet. The mice keep stealing the food before it gets in there. We’re working on getting rid of the mice.


  3. Wendie Koster
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 12:24:21

    He looks so soft, and I think he looks more like a goat.
    I don’t think I have seen a hairy sheep before. I did see sheep with unusual wool (unusual to me) but not with hair. Fun!


  4. Jennifer
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 13:09:27

    Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?….Nope. 🙂


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