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The breed is reddish brown or tan on the body, with black on the belly and legs and black facial bars. Rams have a mane of thick hair that extends down the neck and brisket and may cover the shoulder. Ears point forward from the side without drooping. Sheep of both sexes are polled (no horns). The Barbados Blackbelly is a slow maturing breed and does not reach ideal weight until about 2 years of age. At that time, ewes weigh 85–100 pounds, and rams weigh 100–130 pounds. This relatively small body size has been favored by both natural and human selection in the West Indies. Smaller sheep tolerate heat more easily, and the smaller carcasses are desirable from the Caribbean farmers’ point of view, especially when refrigeration was lacking.