Mount Vernon Hog island sheep

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Hog Island sheep are raised primarily for conservation and wool. The breed is originated from Virginia’s Hog Island, the USA. The breed is believed to have Merino blood in them.

Hog Island sheep breed information

The Hog island sheep are small-sized with white in color,  though there is a small percentage of them are black.

Both rams and ewes are horned.

The mature Hog island ram weighs 55 kg (125 lb) and ewe weighs 40 kg (90 lb)

Ewes have good maternal skills which give birth to twins most often.

The lambs have black spots on them which will disappear as they mature.

The fleece weight is around 1.5 to 2.5 kg.

The breed is pretty hardy but not very immune to parasites.

Easy to maintenance as they require less feed and are excellent foragers. They are also quite alert in nature.

Right now Hog island sheep are raised only for conservational purposes even though they produce good wool.

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Things to know

Due to hurricanes, humans evacuated from Hog Island but the livestock remained. One of them were sheep, the sheep became feral and start to adopt this marshy environment. Developed very sturdy characteristics and prospered.

In 1974 the Nature Conservancy bought the island and removed all the sheep from the island. Some were sent to Gunston Hall Plantation, Mount Vernon and others for research.

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy listed the Hog Island sheep as critical as there are only 200 sheep remaining.

Brief characteristics of Hog Island sheep

Breed NameHog Island sheep
Other Name 
Country/Place of OriginVirginia’s Hog Island, United States
Breed Purposeamericameat and wool
Breed Sizesmall
Weight
Ram(Male)
55 kg (125 lb)
Ewe(Female)40 kg (90 lb)
Kiddingsingle or twins
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions
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