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Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Green farmer, Aug 13, 2017.
That makes sense. I wouldnt be suprised if it still goes on though
No, neither would I. Which is fine if you think it will improve your sheep. Just don't tell lies about it!
I use Aberfield tups over lleyns, no problem with reaching mating weight for most of them as hoggs, most of the males sold by mid August, having been born mid March onwards.
Lambing percentage of the Aberfield shearlings this year was lower than the lleyns, but no triplets or quads. Still enough twins from them, easily equalling our mules. These are the 90 I'm keeping this year, most of them having been on our poorest grazing since birth
Clean bellies and around rump but no obvious wool slip to see. Not sure if we will keep any half breds as looking at putting at least 100 easy cares to texels and if phone calls this year are anything to go by hope to sell bulk of ewe lambs as breeders. Only had 12 to sell this year but could have sold them 10 times over. Expect if we use one of the new longer high index rams we may be tempted to keep a few to cross back to shedder
Not sure why your aversion to NZ Texels of which you have had limited experience has now been extended to NZ Suffolks of which you have as far as I am aware none. Pics are of Easy Suffolk sired lambs ex Lleyns in Devon. Aberdeenshire and similarly bred Hoggs ( retained for breeding)
in the Scottish Borders. NZ Suffolk sired lambs look OK to me but then I would say that wouldn't I.
Are their legs short or is the grass long?
Do you shear these?
The top ones belong to Peregrine?
I had not realised that we had a new marketing tool "No feet problems cos they have no Legs" Photoed late May so definitely needing shearing but that happens later in the frozen north
Then i'd vouch that they are bloody good sheep.
The ewes look quite 'robust' for Lleyns too.
That's what I meant about the 'quality' of the Lleyns......
So, collected the new lleyn today. Got one with decent length and width without being excessive. Found it I had gone that bit longer, I was loosing the shape in the rear and they were getting abit leggy and narrow. So will put him to this years ewe lambs. In the coming years the offspring will be 75 % lleyn, so next on the list is sourcing a terminal ram for the butchers.
who did you buy your tup from?
One of the Irish breeders who runs a few hundred of them. I'll message you his name.
Would you get many first cross shedders ,with a cross like that.
I would say about 60% don't need clipped. I've kept about half of the females, as some went for dodgy feet etc.
Fair play if I'm thinking who it is cant go wrong, any pictures of him?
Wonder were you d source a good terminal ram
How would they compare ,as a ewe , to the pure easy cares.
Early days but the best are very smart, not too big with a nice wedge shape and decent backend. By and large they've been good mothers and no mastitis issues up to now. Would be more prone to lameness, though got rid of the worst of them.