Knoll Acres Barbados Blackbelly Sheep is a small farm located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, about 4 miles west of Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.  We raise registered Barbados Blackbelly sheep and typically have some for sale.  To see our current offering check the “Sheep for Sale Page” on this website.

Information about Barbados Blackbelly Sheep can be found on the following website: Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Association International.  This website contains a lot information about Barbados Blackbelly Sheep as well as a related breed, American Blackbelly Sheep.

Roman J. and Elva B. Miller are the owners and managers of Knoll Acres.  We have been raising sheep for many years.  We began our experience with sheep in 1992 with one orphan mixed breed lamb, Dickie, who we raised on a bottle.  Dickie became a pet and bonded with our collie dog.  In 1993 we purchased a small flock of Hampshire sheep — several ewes and a ram and raised purebred (but not registered) Hampshire sheep.  However, we struggled with birthing issues and decided to switch to another breed.  So in 1996, we began buying and raising Polypay sheep.  We liked the Polypay sheep.  They were gentle and a bit smaller than the Hampshire sheep.  Polypay sheep were prolific breeders and frequently birthed and raised mostly twins and triplets.  More importantly they birthed their lambs with minimal help and typically were good milkers.  We raised Polypay sheep for about 13 years and were pleased with them except for two issues: (1) we had trouble finding persons willing to shear our small flock of 10-12 ewes and (2) our Polypay sheep were susceptible to worming issues and required frequent de-worming.

In 2009, we began looking for an alternate sheep and decided to try Barbados Blackbelly sheep.  In the fall of 2009, we purchased three registered Barbardos Blackbelly lambs from Mary Swindell in Illinois.  These lambs became the foundation of our Barbados  Blackbelly sheep.  If you click on the registry # below, it will hyperlink to their page in the Book of the Registry.  If you follow those hyperlinks you can explore their parentages.

  • Foundation Ram: Bellwether Leonardo (DOB: March 9, 2009) Registry# BWF03091727BB  Ear Tag: 0309282
  • Foundation Ewe: Bellwether Clara (DOB: March 22, 2009) Registry# BWF03091711BB  Ear Tag: 0309320
  • Foundation Ewe: Bellwether Lily (DOB: February 1, 2009) Registry# BWF02091663BB   Ear Tag: 0209280