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Barbado sheep

I have a few acres in the back of my property that I can't always keep cut if I get rain every week. I am considering fencing it in and putting some barbados out there to keep the grass/brush down and I hear they are good to eat too. They are supposed to be very hardy and resistant to parasites. Little or no care seems to be needed. A little slough runs through the back that would provide them water. Plenty of browse available to feed. Anybody have experiences with leaving barbado sheep out to pasture? How did they do on their own? Was the meat good quality? Does anybody know of someone who may want to sell a few in the next month or so?
August 19, 2009 at 10:34am
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MarshratProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 12:08pm
barbado

My uncle used to have some at our camp. He was always having to vaccinate them. They cannot tolerate damp areas very well. As far as the eating, they are like other sheep and goats, good while it is hot. You may want to check into getting some brush goats. You can look on the La. Market Bulletin to find some.

Warren

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81 mike mikeProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 2:02pm
Better Idea

I suggest that you high fence that area and put elk and mule deer back there. They are really good to eat.

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Deadly with a bowProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 2:31pm
Gulf Coast Natives

Barbados are okay but with the unusual and sometimes extreme conditions we have down here Gulf Coast Native and suffolks do well. You've got to be careful with em because heat can knock em out quick. Depending on where you live you can possibly just go to the sale barn and get a few since you dont really wanna get all into it. If you dont wanna do that then keep your eyes peeled for somebody that has some and just go see if you could get a couple from em. As far as the meat, some people love it and some people hate it. Just personal preference. Kill em young though when they get about 120lbs or so with suffolk and GC Natives about 80 lb.

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Guy LProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 3:10pm
WOW

WOW. Looks like Dukhunter knocked the dust off his keyboard. Glad to know you are still kickin' brother. I thought about elk, but they are too tall. I wanna stalk them in my cassons with a bowie knife twixt my teeth. Then pounce like a cat on their back and take 'em by blade the old fashion way. I can't pounce high enough to get on the back of an elk.

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stumpjumper09Profile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 3:16pm
big goats

hey there if your wanting some goats let me know if interested my grandfather has some goat not to sur wht kind but they are about waist high with big horns thts about all i know and they come from mexico and ohhh yea they be good eatin ya know. he has 10arcs and they keep it pretty clean and they do fine on there own with the ocasinal check on the 4wheeler just to se if a cyot or anything got one email me at yjune1122@yahoo.com if you wanna know more

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southnboyProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 3:18pm
Good eatin

They are good eatin first time around. Fresh off the pit or fresh cooked is good stuff. I am not much on them re heated though..
southnboy

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ruger109Profile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 3:31pm
Pigs?

Put some pigs and bowhunt them

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IcemanProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 3:35pm
Barbados

My grandpa raised them for awhile, then sold his place when he got to old to keep up with his cows, etc. We ended up putting a bunch of the Barbados at my dad's place, and just turned them out to pasture. They did fine on their own. It was pretty fine looking out in the pasture and seeing them bedded down out there with theire heads up. It looked like something in Texas. They do get skittish as hell if you leave them turned out and don't mess with them a whole lot. We ended up rounding them up and selling them after a couple of years. One of the big rams died from stress while we were rounding them up, and he ended up on the pit. Good eating!

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Guy LProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 3:48pm
My concerns

Gulf Coast Natives and Suffolks are both wool sheep and I am not gonna try to shear anything. I need hair sheep breeds, so I looked into Barbados and Katahdins. Pigs would be fun to shoot, but I don't have sturdy enough fencing and they will get out easily and they won't eat enough browse to accomplish what i want. So between the Katahdins and barbados, both are very hardy and parasite resistant, but the barbados seem to be less in need of attention and the most self-sustaining. They don't get as large as katahdins, but that is a plus for me as I will probably be handling them solo. I can handle 120 pound animals pretty easily, but a 300 pound katahdin ram could be a challenge!

I can convince my wife to eat "lamb" but if she ever learned that I prepared "goat" and threw it on her plate, she would go ape$hit and try to throw everything resembling meat out of the freezer. I will try to get something that is actually a breed of sheep to preserve my other game in the freezer.

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GizmeauxProfile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 4:07pm
I know a guy

in St. Francisville who raises and sells goats...not too sure what kind they are, but the adults look to be no larger than 120lbs and he has them year-round. He sells them as "feed" for households...Shoot me an email me if you want more info.

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ruger109Profile Photo
Posted August 19, 2009 at 4:11pm
Hunts for sale?

Heck sell some hunts if you need to "handle" them, other people do it.

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