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Gulf Coast Native Sheep

February 6, 2015

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Our seasonal lamb will be available at the market starting in December. Very limited quantity.
We raise Gulf Coast Native Sheep, a breed known for its heat tolerance, parasite resistance and exceptional flavor. The meat of the Gulf Coast Native Sheep is so exceptional that it is listed on the Slow Food Arc of Taste.
Our lamb are pastured all the time. We practice rotational grazing on diverse pastures that provide a choice of grasses, brassicas, forbs, honeysuckle, beautyberry, tree leaves, and much more. We call this “forage fed” because they hunt out and eat what they need at that time. When we move them to a new location they might all start eating acorns voraciously for 15 minutes and then run to the honeysuckle before settling to a long graze on the many grasses we have in the pasture. We plant seasonal cover crops to supplement the native grasses and fertilize with compost tea. We never spray herbicides or pesticides.
Our sheep graze in small movable net fenced paddocks and are moved to a new location every one to four days. Their manure is left behind to fertilize the pasture as they move to a new nutritious dinner. Moving them often like this is good for the soil as they grind their manure into the ground, good for the grasses, because they eat quickly, not overgrazing a single species, and good for the sheep, because they get a diverse diet and do not spend much time in the same place with the same food and parasites. They are fed supplements like salt, sulfur, kelp, magnesium, etc. These supplements are fed free choice and come from Coyote Creek Organic Feed.

The lambs are never fed grain.
Forage fed lamb is lower in fat and calories, yet higher in Omega-3 fatty acids. It also has a much higher rate of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Lamb is an excellent source of zinc, iron, vitamin B12, and carnitine.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2015 12:31 pm

    Love the Gulf Coast Native breed!

  2. Annie permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:39 pm

    Our family lives very close to you. We have 1.5 acres and would like to have just a few sheep to graze and raise for meat for just our family. Would you consider selling 2-3 to us and mentoring us in their care? My husband also raises fruit trees and gardens in his spare time. Thanks so much. I’ll have him give you a call. ~Annie and Travis

    • March 25, 2016 4:02 pm

      We will be deciding what ewes we will be keeping and which ones will be for sale soon. Most lambs will be weaned next month. We will rotate out a few of our good older ewes also. I should have an answer in a week or so. We can only keep 30 or so due to the small size of our property. Glen

      • April 29, 2016 1:18 pm

        Annie and Travis, I just posted about our selling a few of our sheep. We are going to sit down Sunday and make a list, considering genetics and variety. We will then know which quality ewes and lambs are available. They are starting to be weaned this weekend and many of them can go off farm next week. You can see my piece under “recent posts” on our website. Glen

  3. Jill permalink
    July 6, 2017 2:32 am

    When do you shear your sheep? My husband bought a small flock and they need a haircut.

    • July 14, 2017 1:23 am

      We like to share the en of April beginning of May, but this year it was mid June. They need an annual shearing.

  4. Katie Jarvis permalink
    August 12, 2017 1:10 am

    We love this breed and would like to add a ewe to our homestead. Do you ever sell some of yours? And are they possible to AI, or is there anyone in the area who would rent a ram or temporarily take a ewe to be bred? We are rotating our livestock daily and would like to add sheep to the mix. Thank you!

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