We will replace any ram that does not live up to our standards.
Lone Star Farm | Barbados Blackbelly Sheep
The photo on this page is Lone Star Waylan as a four year old. Waylan's head is the epitome of what a ram's head should look like. No scurs, no hornbuds, deep indentations in his head as you can easily see in the picture. We don't always get that kind of head, but it is the best of the best as far as we are concerned. It is the goal we strive for as the perfect ram head.
The revised breed standard of the Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Association International (BBSAI) now states that 3/4" scurs affixed to the head are "Acceptable" under the heading of "Poll". In fact, even though it is discouraged, it is not a disqualifying fault for a ram to have scurs affixed to the head up to, and including, 1 and 1/2" in length. Mike and I are of the opinion that if a ram has a perfectly clean head, there is no doubt about his lineage of polled-ness. We will not sell a ram with anything less that a completely clean head. In fact, if your ram would happen to grow horn material after your purchase, we will replace that ram with one that is polled. It is our guarantee to breed only the best quality so that you may feel confident in buying that ram to improve the quality of your flock. We do not breed rams with wattles and we do not breed rams with any white markings at all. We are trying to eliminate these traits that keep popping up in some bloodlines. Our ideal is to constantly be breeding towards the "Ideal" of the breed standard. Of course, it goes without saying, thatour rams are guaranteed to be fertile.
We prefer not to sell ram lambs for breeding stock. Rather, we like to hold the ram lambs until we see that they meet our criteria for being a quality breeding ram free from scurs, wattles and white markings. We don't generally breed ram lambs to our ewes and we don't expect you to do so either. The initial cost of buying a breeding quality ram may be a little more than the cost of a ram lamb, but the benefits far outweigh the expense, plus the loss of valuable time in replacing a ram lamb because he did not turn out to be the quality you were hoping to breed to your good ewes. We stand behind our breeding stock and we are willing to stake our reputation on it. We take pride in the fact that we are the only BB breeders as of this writing who are willing to do that to insure that you will get the best possible ram for improving your flock. We are striving for our legacy in this breed to reflect the fact that we have done everything possible to ensure that it is truly polled, along with the many other attributes that distinguish this breed from any other.