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
I think you would find that they were relativly short naturallyNature gave sheep a long tail for a reason after all
No welfare reasons for docking it just aesthetic ones.
Undocked tails in sheep don't have to be long. Almost all of my F1 Shetlands have tails above their hocks.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!