HairSheep - Hair Sheep Hair Sheep Excellent breed for hobby...

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Hair Sheep
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Hair Sheep Excellent breed for hobby farmers looking for a low maintenance animal to control weed and brush growth in their pastures. They are good mothers Good milk producers Seldom require assistance lambing. Docile As with most sheep and goats, Hair sheep are mainly reared in the arid and semi arid areas Lifespan is 8-12 years sexually mature at 5-6 months. Gaining popularity
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Hair Sheep No Shearing Necessary They shed their longer hair in the spring hence, do not require shearing Although some wool will be present, they are predominately covered in Hair Decreases the stress and injury of shearing Cost of shearing exceeds the value of the fleece. Either absorb the cost or don’t shear – loss of production in heat
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Hair Sheep Parasite Resistance Most hair breeds have better resistance to parasites than wool breeds. Sheep Keds which typically which hide in wool are easier for a hair sheep to rub off Parasites, like worms, also seem to occur less often in hair breeds.
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Hair Sheep No Docking Necessary woolly tails collect feces get in the way of breeding, attract parasites and flies. Hair sheep have shorter hairs on their tail, thus their tails remain clean
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Hair Sheep Smaller Frame Size Hair sheep breeds are generally smaller than wool breeds easier to manage, and handle.
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Hair Sheep Taste Great - Less Fat Most Hair Sheep lambs are raised for meat. Meat is leaner Better tasting Mild in flavor Marketable at an older age than the wool breeds (even past the "lamb" stage)
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Hair Sheep Decreased Death Loss at lambing By using a hair sheep ram in a cross breeding program on the larger wool breed ewes, a manager can reduce the number of problems ewes may experience when lambing. Smaller lambs mean fewer problems
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Hair Sheep Environmentally Adaptable They are very adapt in hot or cold climates, of course in extremely cold places they do well with a shelter but it does not have to be heated. Wool sheep (unless shorn) suffer in heat and humidity.
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The major Hair Sheep breeds include:
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Africana
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Africana Found in Colombia and Venezuela Usually brown, ranging in shade from tan to brown and cherry-red to dark red. Polled
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Barbado
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Barbado Originated in Texas The breed originated from Barbados Blackbelly sheep which were crossed with Rambouillet and mouflon. Game Ranch trophy animal due to its large horns. Tan, tan with a pale or black belly or pied. The coat varies from short hair to coarse wool with a large amount of kemp fibers. Males have horns, for which the breed was selected, and the females are polled.
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