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unlacedgecko

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October lambers being grazed on cover crops, stubble crops etc? Aiming for each ewe to rear triplets??
Yes October lambs on cover crops.

For accelerated lambing a weaning percentage of 130% per lambing is more realistic. This would give an annualised weaning percentage of 260%.

With my once a year Shetland based composite flock I'm not looking for each ewe to rear triplets, only that those that do have triples can rear them off grazed forage alone.
 
When I was at Harper (mid '80's) they had a flock of Finn x Dorset that lambed every 8 months (ie 3 times in 2 years). It seemed a massively expensive system, involving sponging and even some AI. I'm sure that they will have thought about/ given a try to lambing the every 6 months. It never caught on for some reason.
Mind you at today's lamb prices it might be worth the cost and hassle.
 

unlacedgecko

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Livestock Farmer
When I was at Harper (mid '80's) they had a flock of Finn x Dorset that lambed every 8 months (ie 3 times in 2 years). It seemed a massively expensive system, involving sponging and even some AI. I'm sure that they will have thought about/ given a try to lambing the every 6 months. It never caught on for some reason.
Mind you at today's lamb prices it might be worth the cost and hassle.
I speak to an Australian over Facebook who has a dorper based shedding composite which lambs every 6 months.
 

andybk

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Mendips Somerset
Yep! And put a bit of shape in the dairy ewes
be wary of recorded ones , its not the recording as such just a lot were breeding for leanness and growth and IDF was put in (shh) they are very wary / wild sheep to handle , I think David Rossiter uses some NZ blood which is fine and prob more functional for what your looking for .if you can find stock from them , it might be worth ringing him see who buys his rams, there are a few big flocks of commercial ewes that supply waitrose contracts around
 

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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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