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Middleton Place lambs spot on Charleston's Live 5 news.

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Uploaded on Mar 15, 2011

The WCSC-tv news team talk about the Gulf Coast lambs born here at Middleton Place the week of March 7th, 2011.

According to Middleton Place Heritage Breeds Livestock Coordinator Robert Sherman, Gulf Coast is one of the oldest breeds of sheep in North America. They descend from sheep brought to what is now the southeastern coast of the United States in the 16th century by Span...ish explorers. Once called, "native or pineywoods sheep," the breed was common centuries ago but it almost went extinct in the 20th century because of the sheep's smaller size compared to modern varieties. A recent focus on sustainable agriculture and heritage breed husbandry has caused a resurgence of Gulf Coast sheep and other rare historic breeds. It is fortunate that the breed was saved because it represents the type of sheep that would have been found on plantations such as Middleton Place in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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