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Welcome to this web site. SCORE and I can help you write a business plan.Do you know about SCORE. SCORE is FREE.Lenders or investors will want to see the Bus Plan.
programs involving primarily Mouflon and Barbados Blackbelly. Resulting
hybrids produced poor horn growth that interfered with the animals' faces.
Repeated back crossing on the Mouflon improved horn growth to the extent
that the hybrid attracted the attention of trophy hunters. Eventually,
a strain of exotic looking animals with massive horns evolved and came
to be referred to as "Corsican" in reference to the origin of
the Mouflon ancestors. The original cross has subsequently been developed
into several distinctive breeds of hair sheep. The American Blackbelly
is a breed of Corsican descent that is readily identifiable by a very well-defined
coat pattern and is registered by the Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Association
International. Rams generally display spectacular horns, while ewes generally
are polled (hornless.) The sheep sport a distinctive hair coat in a range
of tan to brown to red, with dramatic black markings.
sheep with a strong flocking instinct. It is well adapted to a broad range
of environments, breeding goals, and management styles. On the farm, it is
desired for its productivity and thriftiness, great prolificacy, and fairly
low maintenance. Mature ewes generally have two to three or more lambs in
any season, and depending on management, are capable of three litters every
year and a half or so. They are very good mothers. Because of their fecundity
and out-of-season breeding, ewes are suited to an accelerated lambing program.
response to local winter conditions, which is entirely cast in spring/summer
to reveal a coarse, flat hair coat with distinctive, antelope-like markings.
It is never docked or sheared.
trophy class rams. However, this versatile animal is enjoying growing
popularity outside game ranching as an important asset to the small farm.
to the continued economic importance of trophy rams, the American Blackbelly
is adaptable to many management programs and objectives. It is capable
of uses ranging from biological weed management owing to its foraging
capabilities, to exotic, exceptionally delicious gourmet lamb. This sheep
lean, fine-grained, and mild meat, highly suited to the production of
gourmet lamb or the religious holiday small lamb market. It also is popular
herding dog enthusiasts.
No, I do not know about SCORE. I have written business plans before, but that was about 10 years ago. I was wondering if there is something on line that would help write one.
Thank you for the tip on SCORE. I found it on line and there is an office in San Antonio which is close enough to me to go to.
Have you identified customers for the wool?
No, I have not identified a market for the wool. I believe that the American Blackbelly is raised mostly for the meat and the champion horns of the rams.
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There is bound to be at least one national or international breeder's association, and that would be my starting point for information and contacts. I have several American Quarterhorse breeders as clients, and I have seen both the AQHA and many of its member breeders provide a lot of excellent and unselfish guidance to anyone with a sincere interest on how to get started. An existing breeder or association can probably offer the most useful business planning models, advice, and and funding sources.
I wish you the best! (Isn't the American Blackbelly a "hair" sheep, raised mostly for gourmet meat and grassland/weed management?)