Gulf Coast native sheep primarily raised for meat. Native to the Gulf Coast border of the USA. A very rear breed, which has a distinctive ability to survive in the hot humid climate of the Gulf Coast.
Gulf Coast native sheep breed information
The breed is large-sized, usually white but sometimes brown or black.
The mature Gulf Coast native ram weighs 100 kg (220 lb) and ewe weighs 80 kg (180 lb).
The breed is either polled or horned in both the sexes.
Gulf Coast native sheep live about 12 years.
Gulf Coast native sheep’s purpose is meat, which is mild and lean.
Twins occur very frequently in Gulf Coast native breed.
Gulf Coast native sheep yarn is light and has a staple length of 2.4 to 4 inches which is usually white, weighs 2.5 kg.
Gulf Coast Sheep have become so adapted to the high heat and humidity that temperatures of more than 100 degrees will not interfere with breeding.
The lambing percentage is 150 which are 70% single, 30% twins and occasionally triplets
Gulf Coast native sheep are highly resistant to parasites and diseases, which are common in hot humid climates like foot rot and Haemonchs contortus.
Things to know
Gulf Coast native sheep is a mix of multiple breeds. It started with the Churra Sheep in the 15th century later, mixed with Criollo-type sheep and also some strains of Tunis sheep.
Gulf Coast native sheep also called by several names like simply Gulf Coast sheep, Pineywoods Native or the Louisiana Scrub
During the 20th century, the Gulf Coast Native sheep supplied all wool for the Southern United States, but after the World war 2, everything changed. The improved breeds came in, which we’re giving good production quantity of wool. The decline in the numbers of Gulf Coast Native sheep started.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy made the Gulf Coast Native sheep as “critical” on the conservation priority list.
Brief characteristics of Gulf Coast native sheep
|Breed Name||Gulf Coast native sheep|
|Other Name||simply Gulf Coast sheep, Pineywoods Native or the Louisiana Scrub|
|Country/Place of Origin||the USA|
|Breed Purpose||wool and meat|
|Weight Ram(Male)||100 kg (220 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||80 kg (180 lb)|
|Kidding||single or twins|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|
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