Our Resident 

Longhorn is our Barbados Sheep, he is 16 years old. 

Creature Features

Description                                                                                                                                                                                                The Barbados blackbelly sheep are relatively smaller-sized animals with a fairly deep body and with wellsprung ribs. They appear in all shades of brown, tan or yellow. Their face is generally of black or brown color. And as the name suggests, their belly part is black.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                     Barbados blackbellies can maintain on grass as long as it is plentiful. They are known for being able to survive by browsing on trees and plant leaves, fresh or dry, as well as weeds and brush.

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                              A good ewe will lamb as frequently as every 6 months, and most will lamb about every 8 months.

Fun Facts

  • Other Names: Barbados Black Belly, Barbados Barriga Nigra or Black Belly
  •  Scientific Name: Ovis aries
  • Conservation Status: Domestic
  • Lifespan:10 to 12 years
  • Body Length: Meduim
  • Weight: Rams– 90 to 150 pounds Ewes– 70 to 120 pounds
  • Gestation: 5 months
  •  Number of Young: 1 to 2
  •  Distribution: The breed is most abundant in the Caribbean region, in Peru and in Mexico.

Did You Know?

The Barbados blackbelly sheep does not have wool, but instead is covered with coarse hair. This could be a reason why they are able to withstand more heat than most breeds of sheep.