Rare Breed Sheep

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Neddy flanders, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. if anyone ever suggests getting any Hebrideans, Shetlands or any other wild things don't ever listen to them.

    They are rare and need to get rarer.

    four and a half days ive now spent trying to catch five Shetlands. been feeding them into a pen all winter, fine. then the day I try and close the gate behind them, theyre off.
    double height fences and multiple pens all of diminishing sizes etc, cannot stop them. don't respect a dog atall.

    Do vets ever come out with Tranquilizer guns?

    complete exhaustion.
     
  2. unlacedgecko

    unlacedgecko Member

    Location:
    North Lincolnshire
    I'm lambing 800 Shetland and Shetland X Cheviot ewes this year. Sounds like you need a harder dog...
     
  3. do you want 30 more in-lamb ewes? almost FOC if you come and round them up. just down the A1
     
  4. unlacedgecko

    unlacedgecko Member

    Location:
    North Lincolnshire
    Have pm you my number. Give me a call to discuss.
     
  5. Wink

    Wink Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Beggar - picked up 15 hebs last week. Seem to eat nothing and loiter around a fallen tree. I call them the "Black Army".
     
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  6. Currently lambing shetland and shetland x draft ewes, along with welsh, welsh x and a variety of other hill breeds. No problems here, just take a little educating . . . ..

    Having said that they defiantly can be a pain in the arse to gather as they dont like to flock, and they are a pain in the arse for escaping. They are best kept on big rough ground with a good fence around it i think! Lambing like a dream though!
     
  7. ilyria

    ilyria Member

    Our hebs aren't too bad, some of the portlands however......
     
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  8. JP1

    JP1 Moderator

    What are they in lamb to? Can't you let them lamb themselves in the field?
     
  9. crazy_bull

    crazy_bull Member

    Location:
    Huntingdon
    @Neddy flanders

    I have just zero'd my .222 if you need a quick solution. ;)

    Or if you want a hand to catch them give me a shout, our dog is bored at the moment as all sheep are in the shed so a good run will make her happy.

    C B
     
  10. caught them with some Scottish style rugby tackling
     
  11. delilah

    delilah Member

    I always thought our Portlands would be the most feral sheep I would ever have to deal with. Then, in a moment of madness, accepted as a freebee a handful of Manx laughton as a rescue job. The leader of the pack can clear a post and wire fence from a standing start and they run through/at you as if you weren't there. Completely mad little fekkers.
     
  12. ilyria

    ilyria Member

    Manx's are mental lol. I ended up with a bloke's Manx's from 8 miles away with the gits jumping fences. Took 9 months to pen them up successfully and send them home
     
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  13. Cvx1170

    Cvx1170 Member

    Same, bought some Hebrideans, had no luck at all lambing them. Pretty sick of them really
     
  14. davieh3350

    davieh3350 Member

    Location:
    Pitlochry
    Work of the devil are hebrideans... But I quite like them. They don't give up and die like others.
    Great mothers.
     
  15. Bertram

    Bertram Member

    There’s a reason these nuggets are “rare...”
     
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  16. SLA

    SLA Member

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    The problem with primitive/hill breeds is they’re MUCH more intelligent than your average sheep, if they don’t respect you/your dog they will literally run rings around you. But they look after themselves, and are generally very healthy and can be very cooperative as long as not left to go feral, I really like my North Ronaldsays and the crosses have proved to be fantastic sheep.
     
  17. delilah

    delilah Member

    The case for the defence: Anyone who says "they are rare for a reason" has clearly never eaten Portland hogget.
     
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  18. Wink

    Wink Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    Always wanted a handful for that reason. Have heard good things.
     
  19. ilyria

    ilyria Member

    The thought of the hogget keeps me going when I'm trying to gather the ginger pests
     
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  20. M-J-G

    M-J-G Member

    Location:
    Sunny Scotland
    I'm not sure Shetlands are that rare a breed as there seem to be a fair few around.

    They are a damned hardy little sheep, but are very clever (for a sheep) making them a handful.

    I have lambed Shetland and they are pretty much labour free as long as their udders aren't dropped too much.

    I have also lambed Cheviot x Shetlands which were a really good ewe to work with.
    I can't say enough good things about them.
     
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