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Gulf Coast Native Sheep for Sale

March 29, 2017

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We raise Gulf Coast Native Sheep in Hempstead, Texas.
As of 9/5/2017 we have uno sheep for sale.

I often suggest to new, homesteading sheep farmers, who usually want two ewes and a ram, that they get an experienced ewe, a ewe lamb and a ram lamb (because lambs are the only rams I have left available) or two older ewes and a ram lamb.  Any lambs would have the same sire, but none of the older ones were sired by him.
Gulf Coast Sheep are mostly parasite and hoof rot resistant. We do not vaccinate and we worm only if a lamb does not pass the Famacha test. No ewe lambs that have to be wormed twice will be in the breeding program. Ewes that produce multiple lambs that have to be wormed twice will be culled. No ram lamb that ever has to be wormed will be sold or used as breeding stock.
We had 60 inches of rain in two months last spring (2016) and had no cases of hoof rot and one abscessed hoof, even though they were grazing in puddles of water as much as two inches deep at times.
The wet, warm weather is breeding ground for barber pole worm. Out of 29 lambs in 2016, we had to worm 8 lambs. Four had to be wormed twice and they were not in the breeding program.
All lambs are born on pasture with no aid from humans. We do not have a barn or indoor livestock area. We average 1.25 lambs per birth. Gulf Coast Sheep tend to be smaller, reaching processing weight at about 10 to 12 months and yielding about 25 to 30 pounds of meat. The meat is exceptional and is listed on the Slow Food Arc of Taste.  They are fed grass, hay and alfalfa.  With the rains we have had in the past few years, they have had grass almost all year, making feeding economical.  The wool is fairly course with stable lengths varying from two to five inches.
Ours are raised on pasture with a variety of grasses, clovers, forbs, trees and brush. We plant winter cover crops to improve variety and weather tolerance. They tolerate our heat and humidity, but need access to shade when it is hot and sunny.
As parasites become resistant to dewormers, and warming temperatures move those parasites further north, parasite resistant sheep are becoming more popular.
The sheep are registered, or are able to be registered, with the Gulf Coast Sheep Breeders Association. This breed is listed as “critical” by the Livestock Conservancy. Preserving this breed with its’ ability to adapt to the humid southern climate without chemical/medical inputs is important.
If you are spending lots of your time taking care of sheep and are losing sheep to illness or at birth, you might consider the Gulf Coast Native Sheep.
Sheep going out of state might require a health certificate and an additional fee of $100.00  per flock would be added for us to take care of this.
A $50.00 deposit per head will reserve your sheep.
Please contact me if you are interested.

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