We are in Sebastopol and maintain between 20 and 30 American Blackbelly sheep 
depending on the time of year.  We butcher 7-8 lambs and sell about 200-300 lbs 
of meat once a year for $10-11 per lb wrapped weight.  Around here a live 
blackbelly sheep runs $150 to $250, sometimes more.

David Sussman

> On Oct 11, 2015, at 08:37, Michael Smith <mwsmotorspo...@gmail.com> wrote:
> That is a great ad, and only about an hour north of me. Healdsburg is right 
> outside California's gourmet-ordinated Napa Valley wine country. One thing, 
> though, about the price. You can ask whatever you want, but the market will 
> tell you what they are worth. Perhaps this informed breeder can ask that much 
> because they do have well trained chefs locally. If they are on this list, it 
> could be great if they introduce themselves. If they are not, I might email 
> them and let them know about it. They would be a great addition our knowledge 
> pool.
> In Northern California, where this market is, years ago, I bought my two best 
> ewes and one ram, from a breeder in Vacaville that sold them to me for $40 a 
> head. I knew a good deal when I had it and grabbed the best 3 I saw and got 
> out of there before they changed their mind :-). They put out the 
> best-looking AB lambs of any in my small herd.
> Michael, Perino Ranch Blackbellies
>> On Oct 10, 2015, at 3:01 PM, Carol Elkins <celk...@critterhaven.biz> wrote:
>> I was very impressed with this Craigslist ad for American Blackbelly sheep. 
>> The owner has done a great job talking about the benefits of the breed, of 
>> building the reader's confidence that the owner is a good person to do 
>> business with, and has priced the sheep at what I believe is a fair value -- 
>> $325-$400 each.
>> http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/grd/5260382151.html
>> The only way the American Blackbelly breed as a whole will begin to command 
>> higher prices is by breeders recognizing the gourmet quality lamb and 
>> easy-care sheep that they have and working harder to market those traits. 
>> Every week I see so many ads for mutt hair sheep selling for $75 to $125 as 
>> adults. Gaack! They are worth at least $300 as freezer lamb! And American 
>> Blackbelly are even better!
>> It just takes a bit of extra work to have some business cards printed ($10 
>> for 500 cards at Vistaprint.com) and to hand them out to everyone you meet. 
>> Make sure your doctors get a card, and pin a card up at the local health 
>> food store and anywhere else diet-conscious, health-conscious people hang 
>> out who are willing to spend money on gourmet-quality, all-natural, chemical 
>> free lamb. Find a way to help those people buy your sheep and get it 
>> butchered. Know how to help them BEFORE they contact you so that when they 
>> do, you'll have all of their questions answered and their problems solved. 
>> Once they taste your lamb, they will be lifetime customers. Market your 
>> sheep by becoming an evangelist for the breed--if you've eaten your 
>> home-grown lamb, you already know that it can easily compete with the best 
>> t-bone steak available AND WIN! Quit keeping this to yourself, and spread 
>> the word.
>> The only people who can increase the value of your sheep breed is YOU!
>> Carol
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