Eastern Alliance for Production Katahdins

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Welcome to the Eastern Alliance for Production Katahdins. EAPK is a group of like-minded Katahdin producers from ALL over the United States.  Most importantly, the mission is to advance the development of production-oriented Katahdin Sheep using quantitative genetic selection and producer education to benefit the US Sheep Industry.

Our vision for Eastern Alliance for Production Katahdins, simply put, is to use the latest tools of genetic selection to build hard-working Katahdin sheep.  Katahdin sheep that fit their environment, excel for the shepherd and are profitable. Therefore, we focus on education, training, mentoring and fellowship among members.

All commercial and registered Katahdin producers are invited to join EAPK. Enrollment in the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) or membership in Katahdin Hair Sheep International (KHSI) is not required. 

Membership Includes:
• Annual symposium focused on genetic selection and management
• Promotion of the sale and purchase of high quality NSIP Katahdins
• Mentorship program to improve data collection and interpretation
• Training in the management of on-farm data and software use.
• Quarterly e-Newsletter

Check out some articles from our Blog, from shepherds for shepherds

Small Flock Weaning Considerations

Weaning lambs on a small farm can be a challenging endeavor. Being limited on space and supplies, such as electric fencing, means careful planning must take place to manage the two groups separately. There are various ways to wean lambs… Continue Reading…

Shepherd to Shepherd: Producer Forum #2

For our second producer forum we asked our four shepherds what data they collect besides that used for NSIP; how they manage their data; what software programs they use; and how they analyze and use their data to make selection… Continue Reading…

Preparations for Sale Season

In this blog, EAPK member Becky Shultz of Prairie Lane Farm shares some tips and suggestions for preparing sheep for marketing and transport to sales.     Sale season is quickly approaching and we all begin to think about how to market… Continue Reading…

Scale Options for On-Farm Use

A producer needs a way to weigh animals when they want to understand how well their lambs are growing, and when to take them to market. There are a variety of reasons to weigh animals, depending on what data you… Continue Reading…