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Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

Overall satisfaction

3/5

Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Both

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

3/5

Tolerance for heat

5/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Meat production

4/5

Milk production

N/A

Fleece quality

N/A

Commercial value

4/5

Barbados Blackbelly - Good for Herding

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United States

Posted Jul 16, 2015

The Barbados Blackbelly 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! Often confused with the American Blackbelly, the Barbados is easily recognizable because the rams don’t have horns (nor do the ewes). This is known as “polled” – having no horns. Males often have a mane of hair and the hair is shed every year. These are meat sheep and the hair is not really used for much.

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