Barbados Blackbelly: Wool Educational Material for the Clothing Industry


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Hair and Double-Coated Breeds: Barbados Blackbelly


Ram 90-150 lb.
Ewe 70-130 lb.

The Barbados Blackbelly is believed to have a West African origin and was first introduced into the Caribbean region in the 1500's. Early in the 20th century, the Barbados Blackbelly was imported into the U.S. and later crossed with other breed types such as the Mouflon, Rambouillet and other European breeds. As a result, the U.S. Barbados Blackbelly possesses very distinct traits from those located in the Caribbean region. The Barbados Blackbelly is a hair breed that resists parasites, tolerates low-grade forage and breeds out of season.

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