Willow City Farm’s grass fed lamb is second-to-none. We only raise a few at a time, and our breed of choice is Katahdin/Dorper cross sheep. We don't want to over graze our pasture and we prefer to only raise a few at a time to meet the needs of our clients.
We chose to sell Katahdin/ Dorper crosses primarily due to their superior, but mild taste. Our sheep are raised on grass/hay and have free access to minerals and fresh water. As lambs, they are never fed grain, just their mom's milk and pasture which has not been sprayed with any pesticides or man made fertilizers. (We use alpaca beans!)
The Katahdin is a mid size sheep. They require no shearing, and the ewes are generally exceptional mothers and mature early. They have above average internal parasite resistance and tolerance which reduces the need for worm medicines, and they usually can breed out of season and they can give a 175% lamb crop with good management.
The Dorper are a fast growing, very tender meat producing sheep. They are an easy to care for animal that produces a short light coat that is shed in late spring and summer. It was developed in South Africa and is now the second most popular breed in that country. This breed was developed by the crossing of an English Dorset Horn x Blackhead Persian in the 1930s. The breed has high fertility and maternal instinct, combined with high growth rates and hardiness.