Where to Find Blackbelly Sheep Breeders
Care and Maintenance
General Sheep Information
Magazines, Email Groups, Organizations
Excellent magazine with online links to many past articles. Good
reference tool. For an example of two really good past articles,
Listserv A friendly email group of blackbelly enthusiasts that
provide a great support system for other breeders. Ask questions,
share your sheep experience, buy, sell, talk sheep.
Blackbelly Sheep Association International Association and registry
for Barbados Blackbelly and American Blackbelly sheep.
|Formerly the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, its mission is genetic conservation and the promotion of heritage breeds. Barbados Blackbelly sheep have been on the Livestock Conservancy's conservation list of breeds for many years.
Supplies and Services
Blackbelly Goodies Store—t-shirts, hats, mousepads, and more!!
Livestock Company sells the Billy Buster platform headgate and
chute. This amazing piece of equipment allows me to trim hooves,
tag, medicate, and otherwise constrain my sheep single-handed. Pricy,
but worth every cent!
EZ Sheep Milker Now you can easily obtain cholostrum from lactating
ewes with tiny teats. Freeze it for emergency use in icecube trays.
here to read people's testimonials.
Even if you never order from them, get their catalog. It is one
of the best learning tools for fencing I've ever read. Premier sells
excellent sheep lambing products and is the only source for the
2X ear tags suitable for blackbelly ears. They are the people to
talk to about your scrapie tags. Excellent customer service.
Power Fence See their Power Fence Online Manual
for a basic primer on electrical fencing. The site has pictures
of a spring fence using four or five long, electrically charged
springs as a gate.
Foster and Smith They sell the cheapest nylon collars (18"
long x 1" wide) that I've found so far (Item 9N-9003, $4.99
ea available in 12 colors).
Supply Of special interest is their archive
of sheep articles. Pipestone is a good source for sheep vet
Sells quality sheep handling systems.
Tanning Companies Comprehensive list compiled by Ron Parker.
drawings from photos. Ann-Cathrine Loo lives in the U.K., but
all she needs is your photograph and an email address to create
exquisite drawings and paintings of your sheep, family, and any
other artwork you may need. She made this line drawing for me to
use on my farm's sign.
| Worley's Hauling They charge by the mile per stall starting at $.70/loaded mile (as of 11/1/2013). Each stall can hold 1-3 sheep comfortably. If you have a large number of sheep or wish a private trip they offer discounted prices with the entire trailer being $2.50/mile. ALERT: Their site plays really awful music, so turn your speakers down.
|UShip.com is a free pet transport bid site. Animal owners can list any animal they need shipped--dogs, sheep, goats, whatever--and in turn they receive bids from feedback-rated pet transporters.
Sheep as Food
Scrapie susceptibility testing. Read these excellent articles for
more information about the genetics of scrapie:
ParaSite Pictures of the eggs and oocysts produced by the various
parasites that commonly inhabit the internal workings of domestic
animals, to be used as a guide to identify what you see when studying
fecal slides under the microscope.
Commonly Used in Livestock Production Handy table showing clinical
indications, dosages, and withdrawal times of the antibiotics you
are most likely to use on your sheep.
Compost a Dead Sheep Don't laugh...your sheep won't live forever.
Learn from this fully illustrated slide show how to return your
sheep to the soil.
Co Farm's How to Do Home Fecal Testing Web site This is one
of the best sites for beginners to use. Clear instructions, good
of Internal Parasitism Slide show demonstrates how to prepare
the sample, how to load it on a egg-counting slide, how to recognize
eggs (versus air bubbles), and how to calculate eggs per gram.
Fecal Examination for Parasite Eggs by Joe Tritschler and Brad LeaMaster
Describes how to do a fecal exam using a home-made flotation solution
Health Supply Fecal Egg Count Kits
with Garlic Jean Noon's experimental results from testing the
effectiveness of garlic juice as a deworming agent.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Perma-Guard is a manufacturer of DE,
and their site provides good information about the use of DE as
a deworming agent.
to Do a Basic Field Necropsy Marvelous full-color illustrations
and step-by-step procedures for doing a necropsy on a cow. It wouldn't
be hard to generalize a lot of the information to a sheep. It shows
normal and abnormal conditions for many of the organs. Be sure to
download the many mini-movies that demonstrate techniques and tips.
Toxicity/Deficiency Selenium toxicity is a serious threat to
livestock in the mid-western United States. Yet most of the Eastern
and Northwestern areas of the country have low selenium in the soil
and in the plants, creating a selenium deficiency problem. This
Web site describes the distribution of selenium throughout the U.S.;
symptoms of incorrect levels ; treatment; and prevention.
Requirements for Sheep Copper is a necessary dietary requirement
for sheep, but too much creates a fatal copper toxicity. How much
Pasture and Plants
Building Plans for Barns, Shelters, Feeders, Etc.