Buying running lambs to sell as shearlings


Livestock Farmer
You'll get a few that don't thrive and don't match the rest which you can't sell with the rest.
I run about 800 dry Suffolk cross and NC mules to sell, either my own or contract shepherded. What I do with the above and very bad headed sheep that don't match is stick a tup with them and lamb in march, then sell as couples in may when the grass starts growing. People in market go mad for young sheep that have a pair of lambs on and don't seem to care what they look like.
With running dry sheep you have to be in it every year because the year the theaves are dear so are the ewe lambs and same when its cheap. Really you have to look at it as if you are buying the ewe lambs that you just sold as theaves (I hope this makes sense). The difference between the ewe lambs and theaves for me is most years is £40 but this year is over £50 because the theaves where a good price and the small nice running lambs where no way a dear as everyone was saying.


Selling the breeding ewes due to work commitments and lambing ewes not stacking up again construction wages but I need to keep the land working.
Whats the pros and cons of running ewe lambs and selling as shearlings, on average what, if any profits could I expect?
I can source white faced welsh mules, what should I be paying and what can I sell them for?
Any other tips or advice?
Just go back to playing the Bass for Oasis,better paying job than anything else.:)

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