Sheep breeds why?

Thinking about Neilo's post on another thread where he was describing his experience with Exlanas. Why do some people swear by some breeds and others swear at them.

Is it different farms, systems, etc enough to explain it?

For example I read a lot of positives about Lleyns and bought 50 from different sources. I wouldn't have another one on the place.

I tried some Suffolk mules and was very pleased whereas others don't like them at all. We now lamb quite a few beltex/Texels and they've not been anything like the bother people predicted.

Have others had similar experiences
 

Electricfencer

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Why are people attracted to different partners. I think it people you pick the point to like/dislike and focus on that point. I like welsh ewes because they are hard but I ignore the fact they only get to 15kg. Where as I hate Texels because they are a bugger to keep/ lamb and ignore the fact they produce a 22kg E/U lamb.
 

Agrivator

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Thinking about Neilo's post on another thread where he was describing his experience with Exlanas. Why do some people swear by some breeds and others swear at them.

Is it different farms, systems, etc enough to explain it?

For example I read a lot of positives about Lleyns and bought 50 from different sources. I wouldn't have another one on the place.

I tried some Suffolk mules and was very pleased whereas others don't like them at all. We now lamb quite a few beltex/Texels and they've not been anything like the bother people predicted.

Have others had similar experiences

There are four types of Shepherd:

1. Shepherds
2. Sheperdesses
3. Sheperdlessers
4. Folk who can't tell one sheep from another.
 

Agrivator

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5. Those who can spell shepherdess

Guilty as charged. Shepherdess should have an ''h''. But sheperdlessers shouldn't have an ''h'' because they don't actually ''herd'' sheep. Some of them weigh and record them, but they don't usually look at them.

A Dales' farmer was interviewing a prospective shepherd. When asked if he smoked, the shepherd said ''No''.

And the farmers said: ''Well, if you don't have time to stop and light your pipe. you're no good to me''

What he actually said was: ''If thoo dusn't hev time to stop and lite thi pipe, thoose nay gud t'me''.
 
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neilo

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Mixed Farmer
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Montgomeryshire
Thinking about Neilo's post on another thread where he was describing his experience with Exlanas. Why do some people swear by some breeds and others swear at them.

Is it different farms, systems, etc enough to explain it?

For example I read a lot of positives about Lleyns and bought 50 from different sources. I wouldn't have another one on the place.

I tried some Suffolk mules and was very pleased whereas others don't like them at all. We now lamb quite a few beltex/Texels and they've not been anything like the bother people predicted.

Have others had similar experiences

I have previously described the Exlanas I have lambed as like Lleyns, but without the need to shear them. The Lleyns I had here had the same inability to count to two, although one of the (few) remaining ones managed to count to four this year, her two and two of someone else’s. I couldn’t sort them out so I put a mark on all four, ready to be able to pick up the inevitable abandoned ones a day or two later, when they’d made their minds up.

Six weeks later, both ewes are still usually together, and rearing all 4 lambs well enough between them.
 

unlacedgecko

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Livestock Farmer
I have previously described the Exlanas I have lambed as like Lleyns, but without the need to shear them. The Lleyns I had here had the same inability to count to two, although one of the (few) remaining ones managed to count to four this year, her two and two of someone else’s. I couldn’t sort them out so I put a mark on all four, ready to be able to pick up the inevitable abandoned ones a day or two later, when they’d made their minds up.

Six weeks later, both ewes are still usually together, and rearing all 4 lambs well enough between them.

A blended lesbian family. How modern.
 

JSmith

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Livestock Farmer
Well your idea of big an mine must be bloody different or your feckin strong lol, the weight may be big but other attributes maybe small!! The way to up the tally is take on all comers, bit like expanding the flock, some years you may need to keep a few that have lost a corner or a big lazy bitch, wonkey tits are a definite no no though!! Other years you can be more selective, when you’ve got a nice bunch of yearlings, the toothless slack bagged feckers lose their appeal
 

unlacedgecko

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Livestock Farmer
Well your idea of big an mine must be bloody different or your feckin strong lol, the weight may be big but other attributes maybe small!! The way to up the tally is take on all comers, bit like expanding the flock, some years you may need to keep a few that have lost a corner or a big lazy bitch, wonkey tits are a definite no no though!! Other years you can be more selective, when you’ve got a nice bunch of yearlings, the toothless slack bagged feckers lose their appeal

I used to be able to carry another man and all his equipment, 120+kg all in.

Now that I'm older and wiser I can indeed be more selective.
 

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