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Island Sheep

Jumby Bay is home to a protected and cultivated flock of sheep that has inhabited the island for over 400 years. The sheep are descendants of a line brought to the island by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century. The short-coated, black-and-white breed is much larger in size and stature than the sheep found on mainland Antigua. Rams are brought in to sustain healthy progeny and the continuation of the line. The flock numbers 20-25 sheep. When the herd’s numbers increase, sheep are given to farmers on the mainland who prize the sheep’s size for breeding purposes.