That is how the Lone Star bloodline began. We have saved many prolific rams and ewes that have proved to continue producing quality animals for us that we are proud to put our name on. At present, our top producing rams have been Lone Star Night Train and Lone Star Legend, (both descending from Pat Schooley's breeding at Old Forge Farm in Maryland), Lone Star Otis and Lone Star Midas Touch. We are very excited about using Lone Star Chip and Lone Star Reuben for the first time this next breeding season. (Pictures of each below.)
Lone Star Night Train Lone Star Legend
We had a moderate amount of success breeding the sheep, but nothing exceptional happened until 2005 when we produced Lone Star Boris Badenough, a descendant of the Arkansas line (pictured above.) We knew the morning he was born that we had something special in our barn. A ram that we would be proud to use to help preserve the Barbados Blackbelly. Boris proved us right over and over as he produced many outstanding representatives of his breed. In 2006, Boris's brother, Lone Star Drago was born, who also produced some very nice specimens of the breed. Then, needing some new blood, we purchased Bellwether Horatio and his brother, Bellwether Quinn in 2007 from Mary Swindell in Illinois. Horatio helped to put Lone Star on the map with the beautiful examples of sheep that he produced. Sadly, Quinn died without ever having produced a single lamb. What a loss that was. However, Horatio continually produced nice offspring for us until he had to be euthanized in 2013 from breathing problems due to the aftermath of the Texas wildfires several years prior to his death. We lost many a fine animal from those fires. One being Lone Star Gideon, who was probably the best sire we ever bred. Below are pictures of some of the rams mentioned so far.
My husband, Mike, and I began breeding Blackbellies in 1996. First the American Blackbellies, then we switched to the Barbados Blackbellies when we learned they were in desperate need of breeders to keep them going before they became extinct here in the United States. At the time we started breeding them, there were only two hundred Barbados Blackbellies registered in the U.S.
Lone Star Chip Lone Star Reuben
Lone Star Farm | Barbados Blackbelly Sheep
Lone Star Gideon
Lone Star Midas Touch Lone Star Otis
Lone Star Drago
The start of something big.
Drago was sold to George and Sharon Adams of Aavalon Farms and many fine examples were produced on their farm. Later, when George decided to concentrate on his Belted Cattle and get out of sheep, we were able to purchase Drago back. We only used him for a couple of years when he was one of the unfortunate individuals that was euthanized along with Gideon and Horatio for their continuing chronic breathing problems from the wildfires. In the meantime, we managed to secure their legacies by saving rams and ewes out of each one.
Continuing on with our pledge to raise only quality stock that adheres to the "ideal" of the Standard of the breed, we are looking forward to using Lone Star Chip and Lone Star Reuben during our next breeding season in April 2017 .