Hair Sheep

 

There are many breeds of sheep. Our sheep are  Katahdin (pronouned Ka ta din).  They are called hair sheep because they have hair instead of wool.  Wool sheep require shearing twice a year.  This takes considerable time and effort for each sheep.  There is not a high demand for wool at this time. So basically you are spending a lot of time and effort to get the wool that isn’t worth much at all.  Enter the katahdin.  These sheep have a coat of hair, like a dog.  In the winter, the hair is thick and long.  In spring the sheep shed the long coats revealing a coat of short hair.  Here are some pics to show the difference.

Winter coat.

Winter coat.

In spring, this ewe is in the process of losing her winter coat.

In spring, this ewe is in the process of losing her winter coat.

This lady is smooth and short haired and ready for summer.

This lady is smooth and short haired and ready for summer.