Barbados sheep

The Barbados "Blackbelly" sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in the Caribbean on Barbadoes island.  Many say it is likely the Barbados Blackbelly has African ancestry, there seems to be clear evidence that the breed, as seen today, was developed by the people on the islands from sheep that was brought in by ships from the early Europeans  settlers.  They do not make great pets, however are excellant forage eaters like goats. 

At one time we had over 125 head of goats; only to sell them all to expand our Barbado sheep heard.  Like goats, Barbado sheep are excellant in keeping the grass and leaves trimmed back.  However unlike goats, Barbado sheep do not seem to have that urge to place their head in the fence and get trapped.  Anyone who has owned goats know exactly what I am referring to when I mention this comment.  

Barbado generally are not friendly like a goat and tend to keep mostly to themselves.  This fact makes it very difficult to round the heard up for vaccination or transport.  It is recommended that you have a catch pen area to 'bait' up the sheep for these purposes.

Barbado sheep are a 'hair' sheep and do not need to have their wool sheared.  During the year the sheep's hair will 'peel' back and begin fall off in large sections.

Barbado sheep cannot be wormed with the same wormer as goats.  We recommend using a sulfur block and diatomaceous earth in their food source. 

Barbado sheep cannot eat food that contain copper as it is toxic to them.

Barbado sheep are much heartier than goats and seem to fight off much diseases and worm infestations that typically will kill a goat.  

Barbado sheep will typically give birth to 1 or 2 babies up to twice in one year.  

Barbado sheep tend to grow off much faster than a goat, therefore allowing you to go to market sooner and save on your feed bill.

Barbado sheep tend to bring a higher price per pound at auction.  Typically there are few Barbado sheep at the sale and when they arrive, buyers pay close attention.

Barbado sheep prices fluctuate depend on current market conditions.

In the end, if you are tired of burying your goats and looking for a great replacement; hands down - Barbado sheep is your animal!!


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