This year, we introduced a Dorper ram to some of our Katahdin ewes.
I was hoping for mellower sheep for dog work and a better meat sheep.
We also bred some Katahdin ewes to a Katahdin ram.
While we have lots of color in the Katahdin flock, I wasn't expecting this.
This is the first black Katahdin lamb we've had on the farm.
From the Dorper/Katahdin crosses, I expected the lambs to look like the black and white lamb pictured below.
A few of the Katahdin/Dorper crosses are black and white, but the majority are mostly black. It may be because our Katahdin flock includes red, tan, brown, white and spotted ewes.
It makes for a colorful pasture scene. Shown in this photo are purebred Katahdin lambs on the left, and three sets of Dorper/Katahdin crosses.
I'm watching on the lambs grow and develop over the summer.