The coat grading is outlined in the bylaws for CSBA so these need to be followed at present:
Katahdin Elibiligity for Permanent Registration:
A) Purebred Katahdin sheep must comply with the following breed characteristics and requirements:
- The purpose of the Katahdin is to efficiently and economically produce meat. The loin should be long and broad.
- The shedding coat of the Katahdin should not require shearing. The coat can be any colour, colour combination, or colour pattern.
- An accredited Canadian Katahdin Sheep Society inspector has graded the coat and characterized it as one of the following:
i) AA Type: Naturally free of visible woolly fibers at all times. Seasonally sheds completely.
ii) A Type: Some evidence of woolly fibers. Seasonally sheds completely.
iii) B Type: Some patches do not shed of which the total area does not exceed 1/4 of the upper half of the body, or an area approximately 4” wide along the top of the back. Rams are not eligible for registration.
iv) C Type: Patches that cover more than 1/4 of the upper half of the body, which do not seasonally shed. Rams are not eligible for registration.
- Polled animals are preferred. Scurs are allowable, but horns are not allowable.
- The service ram must not be immediately related to the serviced ewe or her parents.
- Rams must have a dam graded with an “A” or “AA” coat.
B) Eligibility for Temporary Registration Canadian animals, which have not been coat inspected, are eligible for temporary registration providing:
- Sire and dam have permanent registration status with the Registry.