Broken mouthed ewes on twitter

Nithsdale Farmer

Livestock Farmer
Your own replacements will cost a little more than the fat lambs you produce, which is usually substantially less than bought in replacements. You could argue that the maternal wether lambs are likely to make less than the terminal lambs that might otherwise be sold from those ewes, which is another cost to be carried by the system.

However, it allows you to breed replacements from known ewes, and with known disease status. There are a whole host of devastating diseases that can be bought in with incoming livestock, Mv and OPA being just two that are becoming more common, neither of which are given any consideration at most breeding ewe sales.
You need a better terminal......;)
You need a better maternal breed ;)

But I forgot, you like proper sheep :ROFLMAO:

Nithsdale Farmer

Livestock Farmer
I don't think they're fantastic shedders either. If somebody fancies importing some, sorting the feet issue and getting their coats right, then I promise I'll buy a tup!

Oh, are they not? :sour:

I'm with you. If they "did exactly what it says on the tin" I'd definitely be interested in them.

You just know if UK farmers got their hands on them, it'd be the black spotted they'd want and far too much emphasis would be put on the black :banghead:


Mixed Farmer
perhaps @neilo is planning one... I hear he has joined the shedder world recently;)
I don't see the attraction tbh. To get to the point where any of the decent terminals in the UK were to shed, and have a decent birth coat (stripping Charollais & Texels don't have a birth coat to speak of), you would have to dramatically dilute the very traits that make those terminals worth using now.
In theory, you could breed a half decent terminal back up in time with hard selection, but you'd need a big gene pool of those shedding terminals to be able to do it, as you couldn't bring blood in from elsewhere.
And all for what, sell half a dozen rams to those shedding enthusiasts that didn't want the flexibility of selling live or dead?

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