Facts about Barbados Blackbelly Sheep, "Scientific name for Barbados Blackbelly Sheep is Ovis aries". Barbados Blackbelly sheep is an indigenous breed that can be found at Barbados. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep is the breed that descends from the sheep that were bought to this beautiful island during slave era. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep resemble antelope in their appearance and can be available in brown, black or yellow in color. Barbados Blackbelly Sheep rams and ewes both should be polled or else they may have horns that are very small in side. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep have fuzzy wool undercoat inside their hair coat. This is usually shed along with hair every year. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep can have speckles and splotches on shoulder, rum and back.
The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep breed found to be tolerant towards humid and hot climates. They can even resist the parasites that grows on them. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep can have resistance towards the foot problems. They have seasonality for breeding. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep have higher rate of twinning and can be easily handled and have frame with moderate size. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep rams average weight between 90 to 150 lb (40.8 to 68 kg) and the average weight of the ewes between 70 and 120 lb (31.7 to 54.4 kg).
The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep were imported to U.S. initially in the year 1904. American Black Bellied Barbados breed was breed then got crossed with the European breeds and also Mouflon and Rambouillet. This breeding has resulted in American Black Bellied Barbados to have features and characteristics that are much different from the breed that is found in the Caribbean area. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep were used in U.S. for mainly two things. They were used in the form of game or trophy animals in Texas. Rams of this breed were expected to have large horns which made them popular and lovely in U.S. They were used in trails with sheep dog and they are agile and can run for the whole day.
The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep are not so gentle and they are not so much easy for handling. They are more sportive and with great energy that the raisers should know to control them well. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep are bred for having meat and do not have any fat in them. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep do not deposit as much fat as in the case of other breeds of sheep. The meat is milder and it has less flavor of button. The dishes made out of their meat are ver popular in Barbados and is really tasty and also tender. The Barbados Blackbelly Sheep are raised in American and in their origin Barbados mainly for meat, wool and also in making them take part in various games for recreation. This is a great breed with it’s different look and nature.
Some Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Facts
Barbados Blackbelly Sheep have a 300 degrees field of vision and sheep do not have to turn their head to see behind them and they have excellent hearing. Sheep have long been used to control unwanted vegetation. Shelter is not necessary in the rain but Barbados Blackbelly Sheep do seek shade from the sun. There are over 900 different sheep breeds in the world and 40 different breeds of sheep in the United States. A Barbados Blackbelly Sheep does not have teeth in their upper front jaw. Barbados Blackbelly Sheep have 32 teeth. Barbados Blackbelly Sheep have 24 molars and 8 incisors in their mouth. A Barbados Blackbelly Sheep has only lower teeth that press against an upper palette.
Milk from Sheep is mostly used to make gourmet cheese. A Barbados Blackbelly Sheep has an average body temperature of about 102.5˚F (39.1˚ Cel).
A lambs is usually sold on average for meat between 90 to 120 pounds (41 to 54.4 kg). "Mutton" is the name of the meat from a full grown sheep. There is a split in the sheep upper lip which allows them to select their favorite leaves off a plant. A Barbados Blackbelly Sheep has a life expectancy between 6 1/2 to 11 years. Milk from sheep has a higher level of zinc, calcium, protein, fat, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin than milk from cows or a goat.
A Barbados Blackbelly Sheep is a herbivores, that eats leaves, grass, hay and furns. A sheep has four chambers to its digestive system that helps break down what they eat. Barbados Blackbelly Sheep are "Ruminant" is any hoofed even-toed, mammal that digests its food in two stages. First by eating the raw materials and regurgitating a semi-digested form known as "cud" (ruminating: chewing the cud.) then eating the cud.
In the world there are over 1 billion sheep and China has the most sheep in the world. A "flock or herd" is a group of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep. "Lamb" is the name of a young Barbados Blackbelly Sheep and it is called a sheep or "hogget" at one year old. "Ewe" is the name of the female Barbados Blackbelly Sheep. "Ram" is the name of the adult male Barbados Blackbelly Sheep. "Wether" is an adult castrated male sheep. The act of breeding for sheep is called "tubing". Sheep give birth to 1 to 3 baby lambs once or twice a year. "lambing" is the act of giving birth for sheep. A lamb weighs on average when born, about 5 to 8 pounds (2.2 to 3.6 kg). Barbados Blackbelly Sheep are born without or with horns (polled). The high pitched sound a baby lamb makes is called "bleating". The length of a pregnancy (gestation period) for a Barbados Blackbelly Sheep is about 145 to 156 days.