Canadian Katahdin Sheep Society Coat Grading and Certification Protocol For Katahdins in the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association Registry

Coat Grading Inspector Certification Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the Coat Grading Certification with the CKSS, a CSBA member should be in their second consecutive year of a (current) membership with CKSA/CSBA and have owned registered Katahdin sheep during both years.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge on coat grading of Katahdin Sheep and the registration of Katahdin Sheep with the CSBA by one or more of the following methods:

  1. Attend a group coat inspection certification clinic held in your province through the CKS
  2. Have individual testing done by a board member who may delegate this to a board approved person of applicable knowledge.

Application Process for Certification:

  • An application form will be available from the CKSS secretary who will then start the process of finding the nearest applicable tester and agreeable timeframe working with the board.
  • CKSS will update and maintain the Certified Inspector List with the CLRC Term of Certification
  • Once the Certification is granted, it remains in place for as long as the membership of CSBA is current.
  • Re-certification will be required as indicated in Section 1 if an inspector allows their CSBA membership to lapse for one year or more.
  • A certified inspector may be required to become re-certified through one of the process in at any time at the discretion of the CKSS board.
  • Certification may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the CKSS board. Complaints and Appeals
  • In conflict situations, the CKSS board will receive formal complaints against coat grading inspections.
  • The formal complaint must be submitted to the President and Secretary in writing.
  • The complaint will be addressed by the board and more information or photos may be asked for. The ruling of the board shall be final concerning the coat grading inspector maintaining certification.
  • The CKSS will try to make sure of a fair and reasonable solution but the onus is on the buyer to be informed of the levels for shedding ability with the Katahdin coat.
  • The CKSS assumes no liability for Katahdins that do not shed or shed incomplete.
  • Education and an overall visual view of a flock is often the best way to check the background of purchased Katahdins.

Fees and Charges:

  • Whenever possible the seller of the Katahdins should be responsible (if they are Certified Coat Graders) to grade their own and sold Katahdins. If they are going to charge for this at a later date it should be clear to the buyer before purchase.
  • If there is a cost (as in mileage for a board member or delegate) to coat grade Katahdins, it will be looked at on a case by case basis. All parties will be notified before any work is done.
  • The use of electronic means (photos) and forms to verify the Katahdins ID will be set up and used with the board’s agreement on the system and required photos and forms.
  • The aim in this first year is to get as many members (in their second year of membership) to be able to coat grade their own Katahdins and catch up on any eligible that are not done.
  • To be able to continue with the coat grading, it must be accessible.
  • It is a choice to coat grade Katahdins other than your own and not expected.
  • Any province that wishes to hold a coat grading clinic can apply for funding from CKSS so it should not be necessary to charge a fee to attend.

Coat Grading Process

  1. Coat Grading requirements are as indicated on page 18 of the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association Bylaw amended May 2017.
  2. Coat Grading is to be completed between May 1st. and October 31st for grades A, B and C coats.
  3. Coat grade may be upgraded AA coat with the following conditions

    a. Currently registered with a grade A coat

    b. Must be re-inspected by a Certified inspector during the months of December, January, or February

    c. Forms for updating the coat grading will be available from the secretary. Registration forms are online with CLRC or the secretary and has a box that can be filled in and signed.

    d. The certified inspector will initial, coat grade, provide polled or scurred definition (no horns allowed), date and return the registration papers along with a copy of the updated form to the member. The registration papers are not sent to the CLRC but the update form is and if the Katahdin is sold the new registration will have the coat grade on it. Also the list of sheep owned in the CLRC membership list online will appear with an applicable coat grade. Copies of the updated coat grading form is given to the owner/s of the Katahdins and a copy sent to the CKSS secretary.

    e. When you do your own sheep you are going to be filling in the registration form with the information if it is being sent in after the lamb is 6 months old and has shed, therefore the coat grading will be included on the form.

    f. Registration of the progeny of Katahdins that have not been coat graded is withheld until they are done.

  4. The CKSS maintains the right to authorize any other method of attaining coat grading on Katahdins and add or change this coat grading protocol as it deems necessary in the future with of course appropriate notification.
  5. It is the responsibility of coat inspectors to be aware of and follow the most current CSBA by-laws and CKSS Coat Grading Protocol. The most current protocol will be posted on the CKSS website or can be received from the CKSS Secretary upon request.

Future Amendment Considerations for Coat Inspections:
Currently the CSBA bylaw requires a lamb to be coat graded after 6 months of age. An amendment to the CSBA bylaw would be required to allow coat grading on lambs younger than 6 months with defined criteria.

Future Coat Grading
Most all the registered Katahdins have “A” coats. I believe we are close to dropping the “C” coat status. None should be having that much wool now. We did drop the allowing of horns on a ewe and only scurs are allowable now. Rams are not allowed to carry horns.

Make Copies of applications and upgrading inspection forms
Check out: side bars for PDF on sheep conformation, registration forms and lots of other information.

Try to keep the animals you have in your flock current on the CLRC web site by updating with returned papers marked by you as sold unregistered, died or used for meat or just a list of these.

Photos required for this web site, cute, showy, moments to capture!! Long as they are Katahdins and high definition