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Sheep imported; a historic day says Ministry of Agriculture

On Monday twenty-nine, Dorper and sixteen Barbados Black Belly sheep were brought into Belize via the Philip Goldson International Airport. The Ministry of Agriculture says that the day was a historic one which was facilitated by the Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Project at Central Farm. The Dorper sheep is a South African mutton breed developed in the 1930’s from the Dorset Horn and Blackheaded Persian. It is one of the most fertile of sheep breeds that is hornless with good body length and a short light covering of hair and wool. The Barbados Black Belly sheep can easily adapt to widespread environments and has a reproductive efficiency. The two breeds of sheep will play a vital in the Genetic Improvement for Sheep and Goat Project. The project seeks to improve the genetics of sheep in the country to contribute to production and productivity improvement of the sheep industry. The project also provides technicians and livestock officers with technical training and hands-on practice to improve their knowledge and skills in sheep production. The newly-imported sheep will form the basis for the National Breeding Center at Central Farm to produce quality breeding stock. The sheep are presently on a thirty-day quarantine at the Livestock Section in Central Farm.