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If I have a purebred Katahdin that has no papers, can I get him/her inspected and then

No. If registration or recordation papers on the animal or its parents cannot be located or were never issued, for
registry purposes the animal is treated the same as if it were a different breed. This is only fair, because the
purpose of a registry is to record and report the pedigree of animals as a service to inform breeders of lineage
and purity.
No matter how much a sheep “looks” like a pure Katahdin, without registration papers its ancestry is unclear
and it has less breeding value than a registered animal. However, such sheep—especially ewes—can be
valuable to use in upgrading programs because they already have hair coats and perhaps other easy care
qualities that Katahdins are noted for. Many breeders are grading-up by starting with a base of commercial
Katahdin ewes and recording lambs from each generation.

How many generations does it take to grade-up from a non-registered animal (an animal without a
paper) to a registered animal?

It takes at least three generations of mating to registered Katahdin rams to create a fully registered Katahdin,
provided that it is inspected with an A or B hair coat as a yearling.
In the case of rams, the dam of a recorded 7/8 ram must also be inspected and have an A coat for the ram to
enter the flock book as registered.

What is the difference between a Certificate of Registration and Certificate of Recordation?

A fully registered Katahdin has a white Certificate of Registration paper. A recorded animal has a blue
Certificate of Recordation paper. In the case of 7/8 (87.5 %) animals, they can be recorded as lambs if desired
and then inspected for registration after one year of age and can receive a white paper if inspected with an A or
B coat.


If I use a 75 percent recorded Katahdin ram lamb and breed him to registered Katahdin ewes, will the offspring be registerable?

This is a common question. The offspring can be recorded at 87.5% and following a hair coat inspection by a
KHSI certified inspector, the offspring can be fully registered. This is just the same as if a registered ram had
been bred to 75 percent recorded ewes. If the 75 percent ram is bred to 75 percent ewes, the offspring can be
recorded as 75 percent.

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