Saturday, April 28, 2012

Data on sheep in Costa Rica . . . so, I may have some possible sightings afterall!

The total population of sheep in Costa Rica is approximately 7000 head and is distributed mainly throughout Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and Alajuela provinces [2]. The majority of flocks are sheep-cattle mixed (71.4%) and rotational grazing (52.4%) in pastures consisting of Hyparrhenia rufa and Brachiaria brizantha; also, minerals are part of feeding. The most common breeds are Pelibuey (52.4%) and Barbados (33.3%) [2]. The average flock size is 100 sheep. From

This is what a Barbados looks like: 

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The Barbados Blackbelly is an indigenous breed to the Caribbean island of Barbados. It descends from sheep brought to the islands from West Africa during the slave era. Blackbellies are "antelope like" in appearance, brown tan or yellow in color, with black points and under-parts. Both ewes and rams are polled or have only small scurs or diminutive horns.

They may have some visible fuzzy wool undercoat within their hair coat, but it should shed along with the hair each year. Barbados Blackbelies are noted for their extreme hardiness and reproductive efficiency. They are one of the most prolific sheep breeds in the world.

Breed category: hair (meat); Breed distribution: Caribbean, Mexico, South America
Read History and Preservation of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

And, this is what a Pelibuey looks like: 
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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The Pelibüey (also known as Cubano Rojo)[1] is a breed of domestic sheep native to the CaribbeanMexicoSouth America. The Pelibüey is a breed of hair sheep, meaning they do not generally grow wool. This adaptation makes them especially useful for tropicalenvironments where heavily-wooled sheep do not thrive. The breed is thought to originate in Africa, specifically from the West African Dwarf sheep.[2] This breed is primarily raised for meat.[1]From

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