The Harlequin Sheep is a new breed which was created by Kathleen Sterling at Black Sheep Farm in Berryville, Virginia USA. Harlequin Sheep were developed by linebreeding, crossbreeding and inbreeding breeds such as: Karakul, Tunis, Corriedale, Lincoln, Border Leicester, Romney, Montadale, Coopworth, Finn-Rambouillet, and Southdown rams. These breeds where used until 1998, when the flock was closed. Harlequin Sheep are now registered with the American Harlequin Sheep Registry (AMHSR).
Appearance / health:
The Harlequin Sheep is a medium sized, polled, pinto patterned sheep. They come in a variety of patterns and many shades of black, grey, brown, and white. Although Harlequin Sheep have very similar markings to Jacob Sheep, there is no Jacob blood in them. Harlequins resemble the Southdown Sheep in both conformation and size.
rare breed sheep, excellent quality, blue eyes, small breed
Pinto Wool Sheep
Great sheep to own. Easy to to keep.
The ewes were pretty docile but the rams could become a problem if allowed to "butt" you with their heads or push you around. I landed in the mud a few times before I learned how to handle them.
You must be present when lambing season begins. Waking throughout the night to check on ewes about to lamb is imperative. Many of their lambs had to be pulled or helped along. Must be available to clean out the air passages and ensure they get up right away to find the mother. Quite a number of lambs needed to be bottle fed.
The wool is an excellent quality and won state fair first place rewards in our state. They were easy to trim and care for.
Hooves needing trimmed were easy to accomplish even for a beginner.
We kept dogs and llamas in the field with the sheep because predators are often found near sheep farms. Sheep are easy prey for mountain lions and coyotes will also cause problems.
It really helps to own a sheep dog for help with larger herds of sheep. They do most of the work of rounding them up and moving them to other pastures.
Be prepared to mend fences often as they will push them over to reach the other sweeter grass on the other side.
Yes, you will need more than one pasture to ensure success. Keeping sheep is a lot of work and should not be started on a whim..
From auroradewater Feb 11 2015 9:13PM