Contact Information: Kathy Kieffer, Promotion and Web Contact  4864 Smiley Rd  Chapel Hill, TN 37034 (931) 703-0239 South Central Katahdin Association (SCKA) Email Email
Katahdin are a breed a hair sheep developed in the United States. They originated at the Piel Farm in north central Maine where Michael Piel was an innovator and "amateur geneticist". He began making inquiries about hair sheep after seeing pictures in a National Geographic of West African hair sheep which he would later import for crossbreeding. He mixed Cheviots, Suffolks (with the help of LSU), and many others to try and produce the lamb he was looking for. In the early 1970s, Piel felt he had come close to his goal of a "meat sheep that did not require shearing." He called them Katahdin sheep after Mt. Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine. In October 1975, Piel imported a handful of Wiltshire Horn sheep from Wales via Canada. The first crosses were born in 1976. The crossing continued even after his death in December of 1976 with Barbara Piel. Paul and Margaret Jepson of Vermont were looking for Wiltshire Horn Stock in the 1970's and after getting acquainted with the Piels, decided the Katahdins would suit them better. Their flock became the first satellite flock away from the Piel farm. Interest in Katahdins grew and by 2008, the Katahdin Hair Sheep International which was incorporated in 1985, had registered over 75,000 sheep in North America with over 500 members. 

History of the Katahdin Hair Sheep

Breed

2018 PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Hello everybody, Just a short update on what is going on and reminder about the meeting. It's getting closer to our meeting, hope everyone is getting ready,  I am hopeful we will have a great event and fun time. I have come up with a Idea that I hope you will approve of. We want to put in a section on our website for family and support our youth on the page "Events".  We will start taking pictures of children showing sheep.  This will be free, so please follow the rules we have chosen. One picture per child in the show ring, maximum 2 pictures in 2 shows per quarter. A SCKA member has to be the seller or buyer of the lamb being showed. So be proud of the children and we will be too. We are still working on putting this together so give us time to get the bugs out of it, but send us the child's name and age, were the lamb originated from and we will try to find space to list them.  Remember we are trying to get this up and running. Support the youth. Just a reminder RSVP any Board Members that you are attending the meeting and contact Clifford Spraberry or myself if bringing sheep. The board and elected officials are trying to plan for the meal. Your help will be appreciated.  Bring lawn chairs and come have a great day. Remember this.. SCKA Members Doing good things for Katadhin Sheep. Thank you Darrell Adams President
SCKA brochure - South Central Katahdin Association

2018 VICE-PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Greetings and I hope 2018 has been a good start for everyone.  I would like to cover a few things in this writing about our up coming meeting in Vicksburg, Mississippi. If you are bringing sheep to the Private Treaty Sale, it is very important that you RSVP to myself or Darrell Adams to let us know how many sheep you will be bringing.   We have available a number of horse stalls for use.  These stalls are 12 by 12 in size.  As you know sheep can get a little wild in a 12 by 12 stall.  It would be best if you are able to bring some panels to make pens inside of the stalls if needed.  If we run out of stalls, we would be able to make some make shift pens as needed.   At this time it is my understanding that bedding will be provided.  RSVP as soon as you know.  Health Papers and Scrapie tags are required.  For health papers, the address is Silver Creek Equestrian Club, 5025 Bovina-Cut-off Rd, Vicksburg, MS 39180.  Remember that all sales are between buyer and seller.  The SCKA is not responsible or liable for any sheep or sales. I think we have a very good program scheduled this year.  I would like to encourage each member to contact friends and neighbors and invite them to attend this meeting.  Not only for the educational part of the program but also to network with other producers. Also besides the meeting if you have time, you can visit the Vicksburg National Military Park.  I have visited the park and found it well worth my time. Clifford Spraberry
Clifford Spraberry presenting SCKA t-shirt at 2017 Midwest Stud Ram Sale
South Central Katahdin Association (SCKA) Email Contact Information: Kathy Kieffer, Promotion and Web Contact  4864 Smiley Rd  Chapel Hill, TN 37034  (931) 703-0239 Email
Katahdin are a breed a hair sheep developed in the United States. They originated at the Piel Farm in north central Maine where Michael Piel was an innovator and "amateur geneticist". He began making inquiries about hair sheep after seeing pictures in a National Geographic of West African hair sheep which he would later import for crossbreeding. He mixed Cheviots, Suffolks (with the help of LSU), and many others to try and produce the lamb he was looking for. In the early 1970s, Piel felt he had come close to his goal of a "meat sheep that did not require shearing." He called them Katahdin sheep after Mt. Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine. In October 1975, Piel imported a handful of Wiltshire Horn sheep from Wales via Canada. The first crosses were born in 1976. The crossing continued even after his death in December of 1976 with Barbara Piel. Paul and Margaret Jepson of Vermont were looking for Wiltshire Horn Stock in the 1970's and after getting acquainted with the Piels, decided the Katahdins would suit them better. Their flock became the first satellite flock away from the Piel farm. Interest in Katahdins grew and by 2008, the Katahdin Hair Sheep International which was incorporated in 1985, had registered over 75,000 sheep in North America with over 500 members. 

History of the Katahdin Hair Sheep Breed

2018 PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Hello everybody, Just a short update on what is going on and reminder about the meeting. It's getting closer to our meeting, hope everyone is getting ready,  I am hopeful we will have a great event and fun time. I have come up with a Idea that I hope you will approve of. We want to put in a section on our website for family and support our youth on the page "Events". We will start taking pictures of children showing sheep.  This will be free, so please follow the rules we have chosen. One picture per child in the show ring, maximum 2 pictures in 2 shows per quarter. A SCKA member has to be the seller or buyer of the lamb being showed. So be proud of the children and we will be too. We are still working on putting this together so give us time to get the bugs out of it, but send us the child's name and age, were the lamb originated from and we will try to find space to list them.  Remember we are trying to get this up and running. Support the youth. Just a reminder RSVP any Board Members that you are attending the meeting and contact Clifford Spraberry or myself if bringing sheep. The board and elected officials are trying to plan for the meal. Your help will be appreciated.  Bring lawn chairs and come have a great day. Remember this.. SCKA Members Doing good things for Katadhin Sheep. Thank you Darrell Adams President
SCKA brochure - South Central Katahdin Association

2018 VICE-PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Greetings and I hope 2018 has been a good start for everyone.  I would like to cover a few things in this writing about our up coming meeting in Vicksburg, Mississippi. If you are bringing sheep to the Private Treaty Sale, it is very important that you RSVP to myself or Darrell Adams to let us know how many sheep you will be bringing.   We have available a number of horse stalls for use.  These stalls are 12 by 12 in size.  As you know sheep can get a little wild in a 12 by 12 stall.  It would be best if you are able to bring some panels to make pens inside of the stalls if needed.  If we run out of stalls, we would be able to make some make shift pens as needed.   At this time it is my understanding that bedding will be provided.  RSVP as soon as you know.  Health Papers and Scrapie tags are required.  For health papers, the address is Silver Creek Equestrian Club, 5025 Bovina-Cut-off Rd, Vicksburg, MS 39180.  Remember that all sales are between buyer and seller.  The SCKA is not responsible or liable for any sheep or sales. I think we have a very good program scheduled this year.  I would like to encourage each member to contact friends and neighbors and invite them to attend this meeting.  Not only for the educational part of the program but also to network with other producers. Also besides the meeting if you have time, you can visit the Vicksburg National Military Park.  I have visited the park and found it well worth my time. Clifford Spraberry
Clifford Spraberry presenting SCKA t-shirt at 2017 Midwest Stud Ram Sale

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