Gulf Coast Sheep - Meadow Farm - Glen Allen, VA
Gulf Coast sheep were slowly discarded by most farmers; the breed was saved only through the action of a few Southern families. Gulf Coast sheep lack wool on their faces, legs, and bellies, an adaptation to the heat and humidity of the South. Variability of physical appearance has resulted from the isolation of different strains of the breed. While most sheep are white, blacks and browns also occur, and some individuals may have spotted faces and legs. Most rams and some ewes are horned, although both sexes may also be polled. Gulf Coast sheep vary in size, with rams weighing 125–200 pounds and ewes 90–160 pounds.