Hi Joanne,

Any chance that you are from Ohio or have gotten your sheep information from there? At the Mt Hope Auction there is no distinction between Barbados Blackbelly or American Blackbelly, they are all Barbado. I quit trying to explain the difference.

Mike



On 12/26/2014 12:15 PM, Carol J. Elkins wrote:
Hi Joanne,

I'm not sure what you mean by "Barbado Blackbelly." Do you mean "Barbados Blackbelly" (rams have no horns) or "American Blackbelly" (rams have horns; nickname in Texas is Barbado)? The growth rate is a little different depending on which breed you are asking about.

A sheep's weight depends on several things: what they are eating, what season it is, what sex, if they are pregnant or lactating. So you cannot generalize much. I raise Barbados Blackbelly rams for slaughter. They get no grain; they are grass fed in summer and given alfalfa hay in winter. Weights for my rams are

6 months = 75-80 lb
9 months = 85-95 lb
12 months = 100-135

I don't take weights on my ewes. A mature (2 year) ewe will weigh about 90-100 lb.

Hope this helps.

Carol


At 02:29 PM 12/25/2014, you wrote:
Hi Folks,
Has anyone compiled a Barbado Blackbelly growth chart?
Can anyone tell me what the approximate dressing weight/ live weight ratio
is at the 6 months, 1 year etc?
Thanks in advance
Joanne

Carol Elkins
Critterhaven--Registered Barbados Blackbelly Hair Sheep
(no shear, no dock, no fuss)
Pueblo, Colorado
http://www.critterhaven.biz

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