St. Croix Hair Sheep
- Ewe lambs
- Purebred St Croix – $400
- St Croix cross – $350
- Proven ewes – $450
- Ram lambs – $375
- Proven rams – $500
Taking deposits now for 2022 lambs and proven rams
- $50/head will ensure your purchase.
- Anticipate approximately 75 purebred St Croix ewe lambs
- Anticipate approximately 200 St Croix-cross ewe lambs
MJ and I chose the St Croix sheep for three primary reasons:
- They’re a rare breed and we are interested in preserving the species
- They’re highly parasite resistant, which fits into our farming model of no vaccinations/worming to the whole flock (in fact, we will cull animals if they ever come down with worms in order to strengthen the overall flock resistance)
- As a hair sheep, they only grow a coat for the Winter and shed it each Spring, so there is no need to shear.
We also discovered, after owning them for a year, that they’re much easier to manage than cattle (we started out with the Dexter heritage breed). This is a critical factor if you’re no longer young and spry…which we were shocked to discover we aren’t.
Management approach as we expand:
- Use only registered and/or purebred St Croix rams
- Maintain heritability of parasite resistance
- Maintain heritability of good hooves
- Build high-quality set of ewes
- Buy from reputable ranches
- Retain ewes that meet our standards
- Lambing with nature’s seasons for west-central Missouri
- Breeding in mid-Nov/early-Dec
- Lambing mid-Apr through mid-May, ensuring fresh Spring grass and avoiding extreme temperatures
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