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Join us, the St. Croix Hair Sheep Breeders, in promoting this rare heritage breed sheep.

St. Croix possess many traits that are highly desirable to the modern shepherd. Remarkable parasite resistance and excellent lamb production have been supported by university research. Hair sheep have been bred for meat, not wool, so St. Croix is an “easy care” breed that requires no shearing. The St. Croix Hair Sheep Handbook gives the history, breed characteristics, breed standards, uses, and general sheep management information.

To find out more about the St. Croix Hair Sheep Breeders, please contact any of the officers, Regional Directors, or a breeder in your area. You can also take a look at our Newsletter archive page.

If you wish to become a member of the St. Croix Hair Sheep Breeders, or need the forms to register your sheep, you may do so on this site. Interested in purchasing sheep? Buy St. Croix!

Please note new registry address: 19508 Tiller Trail Hwy, Days Creek, OR 97429-9760; Phone: 541-825-8580; Any questions? Email registrar@stcroixsheep.org.

St. Croix Hair Sheep

St. Croix hair sheep are prolific and breed throughout the year, making them valuable to the U.S. sheep industry. With no shearing costs, strong parasite resistance, no fly strike, high lamb survivability, good mothering instincts and good flocking, the St. Croix Sheep has a lot to offer shepherds in the US.

 

Advantages of St. Croix

  • No shearing
  • Both sexes polled
  • Parasite resistant
  • Reduced foot-rot
  • Fine-grained, low-fat meat
  • Non-selective grazers
  • Heat and cold tolerant
  • Good flocking instinct
  • Good temperament
  • Excellent lamb production
    • Early puberty
    • High lambing percentage
    • Year-round breeding
    • Lamb at 12 months
    • Good mothers
    • Good milk production
    • High survivability
  • St. Croix crosses produce more pounds of lamb

 

St. Croix Hair Sheep Threatened

The St Croix Sheep is classified as threatened by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (categories include: Critical / Threatened / Watch / Recovering).