Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Jul 16, 2015
The American Blackbelly sheep is what is called a “hair” sheep – meaning it doesn’t have wool. Used often in herding, we like them because they tend to be “light” so they respond to dogs longer and thus can be used longer. We also like them because they are hardy sheep that do well in the southwest! They are often referred to as Barbados sheep but that is incorrect as they are two different breeds. The Blackbelly has, as implied in the name, a black belly, often black stripes on its muzzle, forehead or between the eyes, and most importantly, horns on the rams (and sometimes ewes). If it has horns, it is an American Blackbelly. These are meat sheep and the hair is not really used for much.