St. Croix sheep are among the American livestock breeds threatened by extinction. At Stauber Farm, the effort is made to help save the St. Croix by demonstrating that the sheep can be raised successfully. Local food markets have begun to choose the meat for its low levels of cholesterol and its delicate, superior taste. Hopefully contributing to that trend, the Tafts believe that when enough breeders recognize the excellent qualities of the St. Croix, they will produce them in greater numbers and the breed will have a chance at survival. Stauber Farm lambs are produced primarily for breeding stock used to establish flocks or introduce new bloodlines to existing ones. Market lambs are available also. For more information and to purchase lambs, call or e-mail Charles Taft.
The pastures surrounding Stauber Farm are home to the largest registered flock of St. Croix Sheep in North Carolina. The St. Croix breed is a hair sheep noted for calm disposition, excellent maternal and flocking instincts, as well as parasite resistance. Mature ewes generally weigh 130 pounds and rams weigh about 170 pounds. Lambing times at Stauber Farm are twice each year – in early spring and fall. Newborn lambs usually weigh between 6 and 7 pounds. The lambs mature at about 1 year, more slowly than other breeds. The ideal age for market is about 12 months. The sheep are primarily grass fed, although supplemental nourishment is given, especially to the ewes prior to lambing time. For more information about St. Croix Sheep and other threatened or endangered livestock breeds, visit the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. www.albc-usa.org