Internal parasites ("worms") are often a huge problem to sheep and goats.
After battling these parasites (and consequent weight loss and sometimes death)
in our goats and wool sheep, we went in search of heritage breeds that are
The St. Croix SHEEP we have now are from a flock that has
NOT BEEN WORMED IN ALMOST 20 YEARS!
They have demonstrated a terrific HARDINESS
and strong DESIRE TO LIVE
and they are wonderfully GENTLE and FRIENDLY.
These are an especially LARGE STRAIN
of St. Croix and make SUPERB MEAT sheep.
(See Slow Food's "Ark of Taste" write-up here).
Interest is growing in MILKING them as well.
We are happy to now be in a position
to provide St Croix SHEEP breeding stock.
They are $250-325 each.
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|St. Croix SHEEP shed their winter coats in the Spring
and do not need shearing. They are an endangered breed,
listed with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as "threatened."
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them. Their temperaments are superb, with many of our little flock, rams included, greatly
enjoying and seeking-out being handled and loved-on by us. Their "care" consists of:
hoof trimming Spring and Fall, supplying them with grass (hay in the winter), pond water,
free-choice mineral/salt/kelp mix, and daily petting and scratching. They bring themselves in
close to the barn at night and we have not had any losses to coyotes, which are rampant here.
We also have Thelma & Louise, our Anatolian-Pyranees guard dogs, and they are avid
coyote-deterrants, so that helps too.
We were told to put him down, but he had such a vibrancy and will to live that
we opted to splint his legs (that were flailing every direction, like the ankles were
designed to be 360-degree pivots). Two weeks later he was running everywhere!
We continue to be amazed and joyful about the hardy and resilient nature of the St. Croix!