For those interested in breed conservation, Barbados Blackbelly are easy-care sheep, suitable for people   with a busy lifestyle, or those who are living "off-grid" and self-sufficiently. You will have more time for         other activities while your labor inputs are reduced with Barbados Blackbelly - these sheep almost take      care of themselves! They're self-shearing (shed in spring), self-medicating (high tolerance to internal          parasites), they require no disbudding (naturally polled) or tail docking. Ewes are known for lambing          unassisted, and caring for triplets or even quad lambs, with little or no help at all.


  Barbados Blackbelly enjoy a wide variety of

  forages, often choosing to browse on bushes

  and shrubs, rather than eating grasses and forbes.

  They readily eat scotch broom, thistle, blackberry

  and even bull nettle - It's a lot like watching somebody

  eat hot peppers!

 

  We strive to maintain the genetic integrity of the Barbados Blackbelly. They have a reputation for being  

  easy maintenance and "tough as boot leather." We want to keep them that way! All of our lambs are born   and raised without chemicals of any kind - that means no prophylactic vaccinations or drugs for internal       parasite control. We hope this will help to preserve the Barbados Blackbellys' self-sufficient nature.


  However, our purpose is breed conservation. If a member of the

  breeding flock is genetically important, there may be a time

  when we give them a life-saving antibiotic.


  We maintain 4 distinct bloodlines: a group of Critterhaven sheep,

  out of Pueblo Colorado, a group of Summer Hill Farm sheep out

  of Thorndike MA, some from Virginia State University,

  and a remnant of a line from Bull's Gap Tennessee.



  All of our breeding stock are tagged and registered. Strict records are kept, both manually (each sheep       has a folder) and electronically. The method of husbandry we utilize is a conservation breeding plan laid     our by Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, in his books,A Conservation Breeding Handbook and Managing Breeds for A Secure Future. I recommend these books for any stockman considering a livestock conservation   

  effort of any species.