Do people only go self replacing because they don't want mules?Hes probably talking about the BFL
Its funny because, lots of folk get on with the mule and thats fine, different sheep for different folk.
But why if the mule is the big "money maker" like it says on a leaflet I received in the NSA managzine... when so many flocks switch to other self replacing breeds.. so few if hardly any make the switch back?
I spoke to someone the other day, who used to be traditional mule breeders in the heart of mule country. the whole family and area heavy on mules, even the husband was a big name and used to judge those pretty faces at shows.
They were absolutely terrified of making a change but when counting absolutely everything up realized they would make far more proift if they switched to a self replacing, heavily selected breed.
They sold the whole mule flock in one go, every single animal, and bought a large amount of easycares, they received an awful lot of flack for it and I believe lost some good friends over it. But when I asked if they would ever consider switching back, the answer was a very definite NO.
I know many flocks who have switched and wouldn't switch back, I dont begrudge the flocks who have always had mules and who WILL always have mules, as I said, different sheep for different people. But why do they get so hung up over the whole "Our sheep make the most money" thing when the majority have not actually tried a whole flock switch over themselves
It doesnt count buying one or two other breeds and running them alongside, as the cost differences get swallowed up if the majority are still run the same way...
this It’s all about bang for buck on variable costs. If a £ spent gives >£ extra in profit then why not?True, so long as the extra costs & reduced output per ha don’t cost more than the extra those early lambs make. There are plenty that have most of the costs but still sell in the glut.
Hopefully there is no extra costs and hopefully savings if anything.True, so long as the extra costs & reduced output per ha don’t cost more than the extra those early lambs make. There are plenty that have most of the costs but still sell in the glut.
They grow rapidly when young, but tail off quickly. I've yet to find one that grows at any great rate, I'm comparing them mostly to Finns and Texels, they have been slightly behind my Finns growth wise.I thought the Dorper was meant to be the terminal of shedders,
whats there pros ,hardy and carcass?
Maybe you should tag @Keepers too?