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Blackbelly Farm is located in the lush oasis of Pahranagat Valley, township of Alamo, Lincoln county Nevada, just 100 miles north of Las Vegas. Started as a hobby farm in 2001,it grew into a full time occupation, demanding constant attention and resources. However, it never failed to provide joy and satisfaction in return, its principal reason of being.

The whole farm stretches on 20 acres, with 18 acres being flood irrigated pasture.

Why Barbados Blackbelly sheep? Those beautiful animals just remind me of the fat-tail hair sheep found mostly in Madagascar, where I grew up. To complete the illusion of a typical malagasy village life, I added first chickens, then ducks, turkeys and guinea hens. But unfortunately, those nostalgic cries of wild guineas coming every evening from the surrounding savanna sound more like a heavy metal concert in the desert South West than a sunset melody!

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We are juggling with three different bloodlines: NCSU, Tennessee and the popular VSU. A rather confusing task. We follow strictly the Association breed standard and more: our breeding rams do not have any scurs; since wooliness was an issue at the beginning, we pay particular attention to their ability to shed naturally. No immunization, no de-worming. Mineral block is offered to ewes before a planned breeding. Our goal is to keep inbreeding to a minimum with a maximal coefficient of inbreeding of 0.25! All animals kept for breeding will be genetically tested for scrapie resistance

Lincoln County, Nevada Web Site

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Pahranagat/

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep/Dresden, DE, 2012

Madagascar Fat-Tail Hair Sheep

Summer @ Blackbelly Farm

Summer @ Blackbelly Farm

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