Contact Information: Kathy Kieffer, Promotion and Web Contact  4864 Smiley Rd  Chapel Hill, TN 37034 (931) 703-0239 South Central Katahdin Association South Central Katahdin Association 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

2017 SCKA Annual Meeting

The South Central Katahdin Association gathered in Hope, AR, for their Annual Meeting June 9 and 10, hosted by Jesse Duckett and Chris Sweat. Friday nights activities included a viewing of the animals for the Private Treaty Sale, a lamb burger supper followed by Alan Fulham, Coordinator of the Let’s Grow Sheep Program of the American Sheep Industry. We had 75 people in attendance from 9 states. Saturday’s activities included a host of speakers about the sheep industry. Our first speaker was Mr. Rick Stott, CEO of Superior Farms Co., Davis, California and Denver, Colorado. Mr. Stott showed us thru a series of graphs the ups and downs of the availability of lambs during the months of June, July and August and that their facility needed more lambs during that time. Next, we had Rusty Burgett, National Sheep Improvement Program, speak to us about this program. Our final speaker was Lynn Fahrmeier, President of KHSI talking about the upcoming Expo in Greenfield, IN. On Saturday afternoon we had our Annual Meeting. SCKA had a busy year in 2016-2017, we have new logos, have a brand new webmaster and website (still the same name) hair-sheep.com, elected to purchase the t-shirts for the youth at the Dr. Boyd Show in Sedalia, Mo. Several committees were formed to report back to the membership next year. Meeting Adjourned. Now, we just need a host for the 2018 Annual Meeting if anyone is interested in hosting please contact a Board Member.

2017 PRESIDENT'S

CORNER

I want to introduce myself as the new President of SCKA and thank Kenneth Jessee for his service.  I want to thank Earl Burris for his longtime commitment to our organization.   I would also like to take this time to thank Mr Jesse Duckett and Chris Sweat for their "expo" style meeting in Hope, Ark.  Good food, great speakers  and a good time...you should have been there if you weren't. Thanks to all the members who donated to the SCKA computer, and to all the vendors who donated their time and energy for our breed. The board agreed and the membership voted to honor Mr Mark Dennis, a longtime member and founding father, an "Alderman" or Senior Advisor to the organization for his continued commitment, knowledge, and support to SCKA  and feel free to contact him if you have any questions or concerns. This is a great time to be in the Katahdin industry due to it's growth and sustainability and I believe we're on the cusp of something great! Darrell Adams

2017 Director’s Notes

Hi Everyone, I hope everyone had a great lambing season and are moving on to selling lambs and growing replacements. (P.S.) don’t forget to cull. The Midwest Stud Ram show and Sale is coming up soon in Sedalia, MO. If you have never been, you should try to make arrangements to attend. It is truly amazing to see every breed of sheep in one place. The Leroy Boyd Show is Monday, June 19, 2017, at 9:00 am. I can’t wait to see the t-shirts that SCKA donated. The Katahdin Show is Tuesday, June 20, at 8:00 am. and the Sale is Thursday, June 22, at 8:00 am in the Sheep Barn. Next, I hope everyone is making arrangements to come to the 18th SCKA Annual Meeting and Private Treaty Sale, June 9 & 10, 2017, in Hope, Arkansas, hosted by Jesse Duckett and Chris Sweat. They have a great lineup of speakers coming. (See full Agenda on front Page). That’s all for now! See ewe soon, Kathy
SCKA brochure - South Central Katahdin Association

2017 VICE-PRESIDENT'S NOTES

A committee was appointed by Darrell Adams to research and make recommendations on purchasing a laptop computer for the association. Myself, Jean Adams and Susian Covington served on that committee.   A proposal was sent to the Board of Directors and approved to purchase a laptop computer.  The SCKA is now the owner of a Dell laptop.  I would like to give Jean Adams a special Thank You for her help in getting accounting software and a word processor installed at no cost.  I also want to thank Susian Covington for her help and input.  A number of people stepped up and give donations for the purchase.    This allowed very little money to be taken from out account.  Thank you for your donations. The Mid-West Stud Ram sale went very good this year.  The SCKA was well represented.   The Leroy Boyd Junior show had a very good turn out.  As you know the SCKA furnished the T-shirts again this year.   Becky Schultz was very active in this event and was able to have the new SCKA logo on the sleeve of all the shirts.   All the junior exhibitors signed a Thank You card and it was presented to the SCKA.  We will again furnish the T-shirts in 2018. On the educational side, we had a presentation by Bob Shauck of Missouri.  Bob spent 13 days in Mexico touring farms and attending the International Katahdin Congress.  If any of you know Bob, he has a camera in his hand at all times.  He brought back some great pictures and information.   Weather was warm and the Ice Cream Social the night before the sale was welcome.  Several SCKA members consigned to the sale. If anyone has any ideas on promoting the SCKA please contact one of the officers or directors. See ya down the road. Clifford Spraberry, Vice-President  SCKA
Clifford Spraberry presenting SCKA t-shirt at 2017 Midwest Stud Ram Sale
South Central Katahdin Association South Central Katahdin Association 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

2017 SCKA Annual Meeting

The South Central Katahdin Association gathered in Hope, AR, for their Annual Meeting June 9 and 10, hosted by Jesse Duckett and Chris Sweat. Friday nights activities included a viewing of the animals for the Private Treaty Sale, a lamb burger supper followed by Alan Fulham, Coordinator of the Let’s Grow Sheep Program of the American Sheep Industry. We had 75 people in attendance from 9 states. Saturday’s activities included a host of speakers about the sheep industry. Our first speaker was Mr. Rick Stott, CEO of Superior Farms Co., Davis, California and Denver, Colorado. Mr. Stott showed us thru a series of graphs the ups and downs of the availability of lambs during the months of June, July and August and that their facility needed more lambs during that time. Next, we had Rusty Burgett, National Sheep Improvement Program, speak to us about this program. Our final speaker was Lynn Fahrmeier, President of KHSI talking about the upcoming Expo in Greenfield, IN. On Saturday afternoon we had our Annual Meeting. SCKA had a busy year in 2016-2017, we have new logos, have a brand new webmaster and website (still the same name) hair-sheep.com, elected to purchase the t-shirts for the youth at the Dr. Boyd Show in Sedalia, Mo. Several committees were formed to report back to the membership next year. Meeting Adjourned. Now, we just need a host for the 2018 Annual Meeting if anyone is interested in hosting please contact a Board Member.

2017 PRESIDENT'S CORNER

I want to introduce myself as the new President of SCKA and thank Kenneth Jessee for his service.  I want to thank Earl Burris for his longtime commitment to our organization.   I would also like to take this time to thank Mr Jesse Duckett and Chris Sweat for their "expo" style meeting in Hope, Ark.  Good food, great speakers  and a good time...you should have been there if you weren't. Thanks to all the members who donated to the SCKA computer, and to all the vendors who donated their time and energy for our breed. The board agreed and the membership voted to honor Mr Mark Dennis, a longtime member and founding father, an "Alderman" or Senior Advisor to the organization for his continued commitment, knowledge, and support to SCKA  and feel free to contact him if you have any questions or concerns. This is a great time to be in the Katahdin industry due to it's growth and sustainability and I believe we're on the cusp of something great! Darrell Adams

2017 Director’s Notes

Hi Everyone, I hope everyone had a great lambing season and are moving on to selling lambs and growing replacements. (P.S.) don’t forget to cull. The Midwest Stud Ram show and Sale is coming up soon in Sedalia, MO. If you have never been, you should try to make arrangements to attend. It is truly amazing to see every breed of sheep in one place. The Leroy Boyd Show is Monday, June 19, 2017, at 9:00 am. I can’t wait to see the t-shirts that SCKA donated. The Katahdin Show is Tuesday, June 20, at 8:00 am. and the Sale is Thursday, June 22, at 8:00 am in the Sheep Barn. Next, I hope everyone is making arrangements to come to the 18th SCKA Annual Meeting and Private Treaty Sale, June 9 & 10, 2017, in Hope, Arkansas, hosted by Jesse Duckett and Chris Sweat. They have a great lineup of speakers coming. (See full Agenda on front Page). That’s all for now! See ewe soon, Kathy
SCKA brochure - South Central Katahdin Association

2017 VICE-PRESIDENT'S NOTES

A committee was appointed by Darrell Adams to research and make recommendations on purchasing a laptop computer for the association. Myself, Jean Adams and Susian Covington served on that committee.   A proposal was sent to the Board of Directors and approved to purchase a laptop computer.  The SCKA is now the owner of a Dell laptop.  I would like to give Jean Adams a special Thank You for her help in getting accounting software and a word processor installed at no cost.  I also want to thank Susian Covington for her help and input.  A number of people stepped up and give donations for the purchase.    This allowed very little money to be taken from out account.  Thank you for your donations. The Mid-West Stud Ram sale went very good this year.  The SCKA was well represented.   The Leroy Boyd Junior show had a very good turn out.  As you know the SCKA furnished the T-shirts again this year.   Becky Schultz was very active in this event and was able to have the new SCKA logo on the sleeve of all the shirts.   All the junior exhibitors signed a Thank You card and it was presented to the SCKA.  We will again furnish the T-shirts in 2018. On the educational side, we had a presentation by Bob Shauck of Missouri.  Bob spent 13 days in Mexico touring farms and attending the International Katahdin Congress.  If any of you know Bob, he has a camera in his hand at all times.  He brought back some great pictures and information.   Weather was warm and the Ice Cream Social the night before the sale was welcome.  Several SCKA members consigned to the sale. If anyone has any ideas on promoting the SCKA please contact one of the officers or directors. See ya down the road. Clifford Spraberry, Vice-President  SCKA
Clifford Spraberry presenting SCKA t-shirt at 2017 Midwest Stud Ram Sale