Where to Find Blackbelly Sheep Breeders
Care and Maintenance
General Sheep Information
Industry Association (ASI) If you own sheep, this is the organization
that represents you. Although geared primarily for wooled breeds,
this site has good information on disease, marketing, production,
regulatory and legislative information. Click the Sitemap link at
the upper right for easiest navigation.
Sheep Book, by Ron Parker Everything you need to know about
raising sheep. Ron has generously put his entire book online as
a PDF file.
Sheep Association Although this site is designed primarily for
Manitoba producers, it provides a wide range of information and
links of use to all shepherds, producers, veterinarians, livestock
specialists and others to access the vast amount of sheep related
information available on the web.
Small Ruminant Page Has one of the most extensive collections
of information links for sheep on the web.
Cooperative Extension Great articles about sheep health, management,
marketing and economics, nutrition, and reproduction.
Industry Improvement Center This site helps U.S. sheep and goat
industries to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing
of their animals and products.
Update on Hair (Meat) Sheep in the U.S. by Susan Schoenian
State University Virtual Livestock Library Breeds and selection
information;, commercial information; collections of publications;
diseases, disorders and pests; nutrition and feeding; production/husbandry
Blackbellies—A National Treasure by Susan Schoenian
Breeding—an Ancient Breeding Tool Barbara Webb does an
excellent job describing the principles of line breeding in layman's
Inbreeding Computation Software Windows program for rapidly
computing the inbreeding of all individuals in a breeding population.
Free version available.
Calendar Use this calendar to help you pinpoint the best times
to sell your sheep to ethnic populations who eat sheep as part of
their religious holidays.
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.
Listserv A not-so-friendly international email group of sheep
people. Very informative, but not for the faint-of-heart. They are
off-topic most of the time, but this is THE sheep email group for
the entire world.
Blackbelly Sheep Association International Association and registry
for Barbados Blackbelly and American Blackbelly sheep.
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.
Management Computer Software Another comprehensive list compiled
by Ron Parker.
Lovers Cookbook. One of only two lamb cookbooks vailable in
the entire WORLD! This cookbook contains over 100 mouth-watering
recipes and is fully indexed to make it easy to find recipes by
name, ingredient, or ethnic flavor.
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.
Keener—Travel with RonK Ron makes several cross-country
trips each year providing door-to-door service (almost) for people
wanting to transport sheep, goats, dogs, and just about anything
else. The way it works is you join his Yahoo group and let him know
you want to ship something. He will tell you when his next truck
run will be. You can follow along via the Yahoo group as he makes
his stops. Everyone on the route posts his whereabouts as he leaves
their farm. I have used Ron's service and he is fantastic. My sheep
were on his truck for 19 days, put on weight, and didn't want to
You can get an idea of how much it will cost by reading through his fee plan. I've saved a copy for you here.
Ranch Livestock Hauling Russ Edgar makes custom runs around
the midwest, south, and eastern areas of the U.S. He tries to match
up as many folks as possible for his trips and lists tentative routes
on his Web site.
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
Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners Use their membership
list to find a veterinarian near you who specializes in sheep and
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
|The Copper Question Another good article about copper toxicity written by Anita Hollon-Garza, president of the Painted Desert Sheep Society.
Pasture and Plants
Building Plans for Barns, Shelters, Feeders, Etc.
National Animal Germplasm System will collect semen from your
ram and cryopreserve it to ensure that your bloodlines are never
lose. Their program is free — you donate your ram's semen
to the program.
| SVF Foundation
Rhode Island organization preserves embryos/semen of rare and endangered
Breeds Conservancy Pioneer organization in the U.S. working
to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock,
including Barbados Blackbelly sheep.