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Love My Breed: St. Croix Hair Sheep


We requested you to inform us about your loved one livestock breeds, and also you answered. These shepherds wrote in to inform us what they love about preserving the St. Croix Hair Sheep breed!


We now have fallen in love with St. Croix Hair Sheep for the breed’s ease of day-to-day care, parasite resistance and the rarity of needing to trim hooves. They’re a bit of smaller than different breeds of sheep, which makes them simpler to handle. In case you have by no means been round livestock, this the right breed to start out on, no matter age or expertise.

My spouse and I have been in our mid-50s once we began, with solely restricted expertise with livestock previous to that, and it has confirmed to be an extremely fulfilling expertise. Their measurement and ease of administration permits interest farmers to boost an animal with little well being care administration and no shearing.

You may also arrange an excellent rotational grazing operation on a small acreage. No must mow or hay when you need to use an income- and fertilizer-producing animal to do it for you.

In addition they make good 4-H initiatives. We had a few bottle feeders final spring that we bought to a household with younger youngsters. They completed elevating them and are utilizing them of their actions. An excellent bonus is that they produce scrumptious, mild-tasting meat that doesn’t have the gamy taste that include the wool breeds.

I extremely advocate St. Croix Hair Sheep!

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Charles A. Johnson, The Purple Cat Farm, Centerview, Missouri


Learn extra: Sheep are, fairly presumably, the last word small-farm ruminant.


St. Croix Hair Sheep
Invoice & Lori Marion

St. Croix Hair Sheep have been the silver lining in our little gray cloud! Annoyed in our makes an attempt to seek out one other breed of sheep, we discovered a small farm promoting a half dozen St. Croix ewes and lambs.

Proper from the beginning, they have been an ideal match for our land. 

Rotating between pastures, they search the skinny, high-desert vegetation. Shopping as a lot as grazing, they thrive on inexperienced or dry grasses and weeds, leaves and twigs that the majority sheep breeds can’t or gained’t eat. Gentle on their ft, they depart the roots of perennial grasses unhurt.

The pastures are richer with their manure, and decreasing the vegetation reduces the hearth hazard right here within the arid West. 

With ancestors left behind on Caribbean islands, meant to produce meat to residents and to future ships exploring the New World, this breed is hardy and wholesome, needing little care. Ewes most frequently current twin lambs. No shepherd’s assist required!

Genetics and choice make them heat- and cold-tolerant and parasite-resistant. 

For extra data, take a look at The St. Croix Hair Sheep Breeders Inc., the official registry for St Croix Sheep (www.stcroixsheep.org). 

 Lori Marion, Shasta Ranch, Klamath Falls, Oregon


This text initially appeared within the Could/June 2022 challenge of Interest Farms journalElectronic mail us your ideas (~250 phrases) and a photograph of you and your livestock to hobbyfarms@hobbyfarms.com (topic line: I Love My Livestock!). We’ll publish our favorites in upcoming points. 

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