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WE LOVE RAISING KATAHDIN

Welcome to Triple L Farms
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ABOUT OUR FARM

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  • We have raised Katahdins since 1990.  We chose this breed because of not needing to shear them.
  • We now manage a ewe flock of around 50 ewes each season.
  • We have around 30 acres of primarily fescue pasture in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
  • We use 2 to 3 flock sires each season.
  • We lamb once a year beginning in mid-February.
  • Our gross lambing percentages have typically ranged around 1.75% to 1.9%.  This year was an aberration and we averaged 2.13%.  
  • We lamb in the barnyard and jug all ewes after they give birth until mothering is firmly established and lambs are observed as healthy and good to go.
  • Ewes with triplets are kept in a separate pen to allow less competition at the feed trough.
  • Lambs are fed a small ration of creep until the entire flock gets turned out on pasture.
  • We wean between 90 and 110 days usually.
  • We leave males intact which can present management challenges for pasture space.
  • Lambs are weighed at 60 days, vaccinated with C, D, & T, and FAMACHA scored.
  • Weights and FAMACHA scores are taken every 2-3 weeks during the summer months to monitor parasite impact/anemia.
  • We are members of the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) and therefore all the weight data is submitted for Estimated Breeding Values (EBV).
  • Our post-weaning weights are taken sometime between 120 days and 150 days.  Once this weight is taken all lambs are available for sale (minus replacement ewe lambs).  Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.