Small Hobby Farm in Rural Missouri
At e-i-e-i-o, we raise Kathadin hair sheep. They produce wonderful, high quality lamb meat. These sheep don’t produce wool, so there’s no need for sheering. Without wool, there is no chance of the lanolin in wool to contaminate the meat.
This breed was originally developed in New England to clear the weeds and brush under power lines (very glamorous work). We started out with four ewes and have worked our way up to 11 females. We breed our girls in September, a little earlier than the goats because the baby lambs can handle being born in the cooler weather. Within a week after all the lambs are born, they all start following each other and sprinting around the pasture−we call it the “Lamb 500”. It is hilarious to watch and provides hours of entertainment. The lambs grow to about 100 lbs before they are sent to market (aka turned into luscious lamb chops).
We have to mention our ram, Bill who does an absolutely fantastic and efficient job at getting the ewes breed. All of our lambs are born within one week! He is “The Man”. He is one of the nicest rams you could ever have and we hope he is around e-i-e-i-o for a long time!