At Lone Star Dahl Sheep Farm, we have a long history of sheep farming. Here in the tall oaks and the piney woods of southeast Texas, we raised Black Belly Barbado sheep along with rabbits, chickens, and garden vegetables. The sheep thrive upon the varied vegetation that is native to the big thicket area. Our animals love spending the day grazing on pasture grasses, the Yaupon thickets, and the many tree saplings they can reach.
One day, a fawn colored ewe gave birth to a snow-white ram lamb, and we saw the potential for a marketable animal known as the Texas Dall. As more white lambs were produced, we separated the Black Bellies from the Texas Dalls and bred for a consistent white coat. In addition to their graze and browse, we added daily servings of pelleted sheep feed, quality hay, and a high-mineral baked molasses tub to their diet to enhance horn growth.
As we refined our Texas Dall bloodline, our ram’s horn growth increased with lengths reaching into the middle 30-inch range.
In late 2006, we brought two yearling Texas Dall rams out of the Theis bloodline. The sire of our new breeding rams was an impressive creature. At four years of age, his horns were 41 3/4 inches by 42 inches. At the time of his death, his horns measured 45 1/2 inches. His blood line carries on in our rams today.
We breed our ewes in October to produce lambs in March. This works out well for us, living here in the woods and thickets of southeast Texas, because the rye grass will be thick and perfect for the young lambs to start nibbling on as they follow their ewe moms around the pastures.
With this form of line breeding, you can tell that rams come, and rams go, but a good ewe stays on the premises! We have had two ewes here that lived to the age of 14, drop a lamb, wean it, and then pass on. You will change breeding rams regularly, but a good ewe will stay and provide you with beautiful lambs year after year. This is why our ewe prices are up there; we strive for quality!
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Willis, TX 77378