Black Welsh Mountain

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  1. veme

    veme Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Anybody know who has Black Welsh Mountain sheep in Eastern Ohio or western PA?
    I'm looking for about 6 ewes.
    Thanks.

    veme
     
  2. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    I would like to get some of those myself some day. they look like a very good breed to have. good luck
     

  3. Maura

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    I have three ewes for sale, but I am in Michigan. Also, there is Lavender Hills Farm in Niles, Michigan.
     
  4. veme

    veme Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks Maura :angel: , but I won't go much more than 100 miles.

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  5. eieiomom

    eieiomom Well-Known Member

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    Just saw this posted on a livestock classified site :

    DATE: 9/3/06
    TITLE: Black Welsh Mountain Sheep
    NOTES: Black Welsh Mountain Sheep 2rams 6ewes all under 3yrs old 200.00 for whole flock
    NAME: Aaron
    PHONE #: 410-438-3888
    E-MAIL: aaronshe@aol.com
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    LOCATION: Maryland
     
  6. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    How are they trait wise? Bred for meat, wool, milk? Resistance to diseases parasites? Practicalites of application on a homestead?
     
  8. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    I raised them for a couple of years way back when. However at the time they were heavily inbreed...not a good thing in a sheep. That is why I ended up not breeding them.
    The ewes my son showed in 4-H. He was the only one with what I call normal sized sheep. They did very well and were very calm.
    Their fleece was very easy to blend with soft wool to make some nice roving to spin.
    They were as hardy as my BHC, though I did have them on a worming schedule as I could not rotate my pastures.
    They did well on the forage/hay I provided...did not need extra grain.

    However Ogie and Dr Wyman (original person to bring this breed to the USA) managed to get semen shipped in a number of years ago from two of Englands best Black welsh Mountain Rams. So the breed has been improving.
    The fleece is much better so I have been told,not as course. And is wonderful the breed is no longer as inbreed.
    Though I did not eat mine,, I have had BWM meat and it is good.
    They are perfect for the homestead.

    If you go for the BWM, if you can, find the lines with the English Rams in it.
     
  9. Maura

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    I agree with the British line. We had one BWM ram and I couldn't wait to put him in the freezer. Only after I purchased my sheep and had such a horrible experience with that little ram that I found out the rams in this breed have horrible temperments. I decided not to breed purebred registerable sheep, and instead crossed the ewes with a nice Corriedale. The resulting lambs are beautiful, the fleece is a dense black, but fine.

    On the plus side, they are very healthy and, according to my reading, never get hoof rot, a plus where I live. They are thrifty and wonderful mothers.