St. Augustine Sheep
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St. Augustine sheep are a cross between Dorper and St. Croix sheep. They were developed in Florida, USA, by Ron Taber in 2000.

St. Croix, sheep have superior mothering abilities, parasite resistance, and hardiness; while Dorpers are larger and have a heavily-muscled frame. The result is a meat sheep cross that does well in hot, humid condition.

St. Augustine sheep are medium sized with a medium sized frame. They are well adapted to hot, humid climates and have good parasite resistance. They are easy to handle, with good flocking instinct. As excellent foragers, mature ewes and rams do well on coastal / bahai grass pasture. Ewes are deep bodied, able to produce multiple births with ease. Rams are fertile during hot summer months when other breeds are sterile. Dressed carcass percentage on St. Augustine market lambs is 50%, and meat is mild in flavor.

Their head shape and appearance vary. A roman nose in rams and ewes is common and acceptable. Ears should be medium to large in size to promote cooling. Most will have a wool/hair coat that sheds, however, some will have a permanent wool/hair coat. They may be any color, color combination, or color pattern.

They exhibit three coat types: a hair coat with no permanent wool fibers present; short wool/hair combination staple that sheds; wool/hair combination that does not shed. While polled sheep are preferred many are horned.

With good care, ewes lambing annually will produce a 190% lamb crop. In an accelerated lambing program (lambing 3 times in 2 years), mature ewes with good care will produce a 175% lamb crop with each lambing. Lamb birth weight is 7-8 lb. Ewe lambs of good frame may be bred at 7 months to lamb at 1 year of age, and will produce a 150% lamb crop. Yearling ewes will have smaller lambs that average a 5-6 lb. birth weight, but if bred young are more productive as adults.

St. Augustine lambs are vigorous with good nursing instincts. Lambs grow well and produce meat with a mild flavor.

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St. Augustine Hair Sheep Association St. Augustine Hair Sheep Association
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In Florida in 1991, Ron Taber began the development of a new breed of hair sheep based on the St. Croix and Dorper breeds. The new breed was named St. Augustine. The primary characteristic of the St. Augustine is productivity. St. Augustine ewes are early maturing, have multiple births, have excellent maternal ability, and can perform well in an accelerated lambing program.

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