In 2009 we decided to try keeping sheep. Well, I(Anna) was the only one who wanted Sheep, the rest of the Family wasn't too
We Keep Registered American Black Bellied Barbados(also known as just American black bellies/ABBs/American Barbados).
They are a type of Hair sheep(no need for shearing, they shed out on their own) that is on the smaller side and are known for
being a bit more high strung then other breeds, altho I find mine just too curious at times. Ours free range all over the Farm and
come in at night on their own accord(well, they stand on my front porch yelling until I come out and then they run into their night
pen waiting for dinner, I love my Sheep!).
They are a very parasite and disease resistant breed, strong hooves and great foragers. They browse a lot and can get more out
of shrub and wooded pastures then most breeds of sheep.
A very prolific breed, twins and triplets are the norm and ewes can give birth up to twice a year with proper management.
Their meat is lean and mild in flavour, like most hair sheep it lacks the strong mutton flavour that wool breeds have. So if you like
lamb but don't enjoy the strong mutton smell/flavour, try an ABB.
Overall a very low maintenance breed.
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|Last but not least, we also own European Mouflons. Grandfather of all modern breeds of Sheep and very endangered in
its native european range.
One of the most colourful yet smallest of todays Wild Sheep, the rams sport a bright white saddle patch on their back
which contrasts quite vividly with the black and dark brown mane and rump and pure white belly and lower legs when in
their winter coat. During the summer they are mainly sandy brown with just a hint of the white saddle and dark neck.
Mature Rams sport massive horns and their flighty nature make them a favorite for trophy hunters.
I keep them mainly for their looks and the fact that breeders are few and far between in Canada. Such a beautiful Species
should be represented a bit more in captivity.
|Another breed I keep as well are Painted Desert Hairsheep, originally created by crossing Mouflons/ABBs with Rambouillet
and various other breeds to make a more colourful sheep for trophy hunting. Then they were selectively bred to have that fully
shedding coat and body build of the ABBs and Mouflons, and go by the same standard other then that their colour varies
I was lucky enough to have acquired a ewe out of pure ABB breeding that has white colour faults, she throws 50% painted
desert Lambs with both my ABB and my Mouflon Ram. I have kept back 1 of her daughters and her Son as well and hope to
breed more of this fun looking breed.
So if you are intrigued by low maintenance sheep but want the colour of every lamb to be a mystery and no sheep looking like
the next, you might like these.
|Above: Boothcreek Jason
Right(top and bottom): Boothcreek
|Adult Ram and Ewes belonging
to Brad and Alisa Siemens