Crossing over to the dark side!

Guiggs

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Location
Leicestershire
So I have taken my first steps towards not having to deal with wool and the people that remove it, the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned! Not the best pictures I'm afraid, they obviously haven't had a lot of human contact!
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gwi1890

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Livestock Farmer
Location
North wales
I have to say im also pleased with my jump into them , I wont get strung up on names having seen the wonderful debate on Facebook yesterday 🤣 but I was interested for years but was always put off by people telling me they where goaty no conformation low scanning % sheep , people tend to think that it’s a case of sacrificing as desirable trait wether it shape or longevity or whatever to only gain in not needing to shear but the truth is from my experience they’re no worse than any commercial sheep from my experience they are better there are definitely more benefits than just not having to shear.
 

exmoor dave

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Location
exmoor, uk
Do they have to leave the tail on?


When we started in shedders, we continued to take tails off, then one day in some ewes who had missed getting tailed I noticed how much they used their tails to seemingly swiss flys away,
So have left tails ever since, on everything other than first crosses out of wooly mothers.


Nature gave sheep a long tail for a reason after all
 

exmoor dave

Member
Location
exmoor, uk
I have to say im also pleased with my jump into them , I wont get strung up on names having seen the wonderful debate on Facebook yesterday 🤣 but I was interested for years but was always put off by people telling me they where goaty no conformation low scanning % sheep , people tend to think that it’s a case of sacrificing as desirable trait wether it shape or longevity or whatever to only gain in not needing to shear but the truth is from my experience they’re no worse than any commercial sheep from my experience they are better there are definitely more benefits than just not having to shear.


I'm sure TimW won't mind me saying....but the early exlana were fairly 'goaty', but have come on leaps and bounds in appearance and uniformity.

Wilts are just goaty full stop 🤣
 

steveR

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Mixed Farmer
I'm sure TimW won't mind me saying....but the early exlana were fairly 'goaty', but have come on leaps and bounds in appearance and uniformity.

Wilts are just goaty full stop 🤣

Got a few like that... Herself truly hates them when compared to her beloved Tex X, but after the issues with them this time, I am not sure the stonking price warranted the work... and expense at lambing time...and shearing!
 

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
Nature gave sheep a long tail for a reason after all
I think you would find that they were relativly short naturally
The 'Urial' and other ' original ' sheep looks similar I think imright in saying .

Could be , as a guess that they got longer with breeding or domestication and / or it mightve been thought a good thing to yield more wool ?:unsure:
 

Guiggs

Member
Location
Leicestershire
Do they have to leave the tail on?
No welfare reasons for docking it just aesthetic ones.
I know what you mean though as I never used to like the look of long tails but over the last couple of years I've got used to them and don't mind them anymore.
I suspect a time will come when docking tails will be banned so might as well get ahead of the game!
 

unlacedgecko

Member
Livestock Farmer
No welfare reasons for docking it just aesthetic ones.
I know what you mean though as I never used to like the look of long tails but over the last couple of years I've got used to them and don't mind them anymore.
I suspect a time will come when docking tails will be banned so might as well get ahead of the game!
Undocked tails in sheep don't have to be long. Almost all of my F1 Shetlands have tails above their hocks.
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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