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

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.

2018 PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Happy New Year! Well here we are embarking on a new year, and I hope you all had a safe holiday season. Some of us are having lambs now and I hope that is going good. Let me inform you on some of the things the Board and I have been working on.  We are in the process of building a budget with the treasurer to get and hopefully keep us in line on the money we can spend and not leave us wondering what we can afford. This budget should help the SCKA improve our organization.  I will bring copies of the budget to the meeting for the members to look at. I would like to inform you that we will be updating the "for sale " ads every quarter, so keep this in mind when getting your information to Kathy. We are also looking into advertising in the Hairald magazine to see if we can get some new members that might not know about us, so watch for our ad. The Kreg Grant money will go towards us getting educational speakers to better ourselves and help the Katahdin industry. Now I want to remind you to think about the commercial breeders, even KHSI is onboard working on that idea.  We can benefit our organization and theirs, working to improve the Katahdin industry.  Remember, all rules apply when bringing sheep to our meeting. I hope to see you in Vicksburg this year.  Remember to RSVP any Board Members and contact Clifford Spraberry or myself if bringing sheep. Have a great year, Darrell Adams, President

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

2018 SCKA Private Treaty Sale

and Annual Meeting

The 2018 SCKA private treaty sale and meeting will be held at the Silver Creek Equestrian Club in Vicksburg, Miss. and hosted by the Board of Directors and Elected Officials. The meeting will be held on June 8th and 9th. The lineup of speakers will be Kathy Kieffer, our promotions director, to go over our new website and assist if you need anything, Mark Dennis to help you with taking pictures (Facebook shows us some need it), Chris Sweat to talk about marketing, and Kipp Brown with Mississippi State University Extension Service will do a PowerPoint and training on how to do Famacha. He will also have Famacha kits for sale at $10 per kit. Any members from other Katadhin organizations are welcome to come and enjoy the presentation and meal. The fun begins around 5:30pm on Friday the 8th with a Dutch treat supper at the Beechwood Restaurant at Exit 5B.  Then on Saturday the 9th we will gather at the riding club beginning at 8am with coffee, sweets and donuts, and after lunch we will have a member's meeting. Therefore, plan to attend and have a great day. Health papers are required, and if you have pens, please bring them as it would be deeply appreciated. You can start unloading sheep at noon on Friday the 8th. Bring your lawn chairs. Darrell Adams President Please RSVP any Board Member if you're planning to attend, and notify Clifford Spraberry or myself if bringing sheep. Directions: I-20 east or west exit 11@Bovina, and follow signs. We will be putting up signs on Friday morning.  Silver Creek Riding Club will be on the right side of the road,  (caution GPS will lead you past the center) she has a big sign over the driveway and a wooden fence along the road. There is also 4 camper spaces at the facility. There are a lot of motels, go to trivago.com or booking.com and get that good rate. Book early. Hope to see you there.
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

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.

2018 PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Happy New Year! Well here we are embarking on a new year, and I hope you all had a safe holiday season. Some of us are having lambs now and I hope that is going good. Let me inform you on some of the things the Board and I have been working on.  We are in the process of building a budget with the treasurer to get and hopefully keep us in line on the money we can spend and not leave us wondering what we can afford. This budget should help the SCKA improve our organization.  I will bring copies of the budget to the meeting for the members to look at. I would like to inform you that we will be updating the "for sale " ads every quarter, so keep this in mind when getting your information to Kathy. We are also looking into advertising in the Hairald magazine to see if we can get some new members that might not know about us, so watch for our ad. The Kreg Grant money will go towards us getting educational speakers to better ourselves and help the Katahdin industry. Now I want to remind you to think about the commercial breeders, even KHSI is onboard working on that idea.  We can benefit our organization and theirs, working to improve the Katahdin industry.  Remember, all rules apply when bringing sheep to our meeting. I hope to see you in Vicksburg this year.  Remember to RSVP any Board Members and contact Clifford Spraberry or myself if bringing sheep. Have a great year, Darrell Adams, President
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

2018 SCKA Private Treaty Sale and Annual Meeting

The 2018 SCKA private treaty sale and meeting will be held at the Silver Creek Equestrian Club in Vicksburg, Miss. and hosted by the Board of Directors and Elected Officials. The meeting will be held on June 8th and 9th. The lineup of speakers will be Kathy Kieffer, our promotions director, to go over our new website and assist if you need anything, Mark Dennis to help you with taking pictures (Facebook shows us some need it), Chris Sweat to talk about marketing, and Kipp Brown with Mississippi State University Extension Service will do a PowerPoint and training on how to do Famacha. He will also have Famacha kits for sale at $10 per kit. Any members from other Katadhin organizations are welcome to come and enjoy the presentation and meal. The fun begins around 5:30pm on Friday the 8th with a Dutch treat supper at the Beechwood Restaurant at Exit 5B.  Then on Saturday the 9th we will gather at the riding club beginning at 8am with coffee, sweets and donuts, and after lunch we will have a member's meeting. Therefore, plan to attend and have a great day. Health papers are required, and if you have pens, please bring them as it would be deeply appreciated. You can start unloading sheep at noon on Friday the 8th. Bring your lawn chairs. Darrell Adams President Please RSVP any Board Member if you're planning to attend, and notify Clifford Spraberry or myself if bringing sheep. Directions: I-20 east or west exit 11@Bovina, and follow signs. We will be putting up signs on Friday morning.  Silver Creek Riding Club will be on the right side of the road,  (caution GPS will lead you past the center) she has a big sign over the driveway and a wooden fence along the road. There is also 4 camper spaces at the facility. There are a lot of motels, go to trivago.com or booking.com and get that good rate. Book early. Hope to see you there.