Raising Hair Sheep
(American Blackbelly and Painted Desert)
  
There are many different breeds of sheep, several of them being hair sheep breeds. We have chosen to breed and work on improving the quality of American Blackbelly and Painted Desert sheep breeds here in Canada.

Here are some key pointed regarding these breeds:

     - They do not require shearing or tail docking. ABS and PDS breeds shed their winter coats once the weather warms up, nor does it get very long, so there is no need to shear or crutch them. There is also no need for tail docking as their tails are shorter and they can easily lift them up when they void so they don't get covered in feces and urine. 

     - They are a hardy and parasite resistent breed. They do well in less than ideal conditions. That being said, what you put into your livestock is a good indicator of what you get back. But they will still perform well for you if you can't always give them the best conditions. Deworming is as needed. People often deworm their sheep too much. They do not need to be on a deworming schedule, rather should be done as needed. 

     - ABS and PDS sheep are extremely prolific breeders, and can be bred out of season. It is not uncommon to get 3 lamb crops from them in 2 years with an accelerated lambing schedule. Ram lambs can breed ewes as early as 4 months of age, and ewe lambs can be bread as early as 6 months. 

     - They give a nice lean carcass with mild flavor. Though they do have lower weights than large commercial woolies, they still usually have on average a 45lb hanging eight at 7 months. Weights can be a good deal higher as well as sometimes lower depending on the animal and it's feed. Unlike wool sheep, which as the sheep ages, the lanoline causes the meat to develope a strong mutton taste, ABS and PDS can be butchered at an older age and still have mild flavor. 

     - These breeds are also easy lambers. We pasture lamb our sheep, only using a barn during cold weather. Once dried off the lambs do well, even in cold temperatures. Since we have switched to raising and working with this breed we have only had to assist in one lambing. Complications are near none, and interferance rarely seems necissary. We do occasionally have bottle lambs due to triplets, though we we do also have ewes that can manage three lambs with ease. 


We try to keep in touch with people who buy from us. If you need assistence with your animals and have question,s we try to answer them for you promptly. We like to see everyone enjoy these critters as much as us.