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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Unseasonal breeder...
« on: July 31, 2020, 11:59:51 am »
I have a Shetland x (Icelandic x Dutch Texel) ewe, who I would have loved to breed but had not felt I should as she developed a hernia after her first shearing, three years ago.

So she has been a bit of a pet in the flock and given no work apart from being an aunty to the ewe hoggs in autumn and winter, when the tups are out with the breeders, and producing one amazing double-coated multi-coloured fleece for me each year.

I put the tups back with the non-breeders in March.  She and the Shetland tup behaved as though the breeding season wasn't over, so I had made a note to be checking her, just in case, through July.

Sure enough, by two weeks ago it was looking very likely that the bit of udder development wasn't just fat from being on good grass this year...

And today she produced two gorgeous healthy lambs.  One of them is a really lovely little ewe lamb, so I am delighted as I thought I had lost the opportunity to keep going with the Icelandic genes in my flock.  And Pugling's hernia is, thankfully, only slightly obvious, so I certainly shan't breed her again but it looks as though we have got away with it this once.

I thought I should post because every so often we talk about which breeds are seasonal and which not, and from this experience I would have to say that it would seem you can't rely on an Icelandic to keep it in their pants!! lol

(And Nigel the registered Shetland is Ever Ready...  He is always checking that there is no work to do, and clearly has little swimmers at the ready at all times... ::))

« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 12:01:48 pm by SallyintNorth »
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Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Unseasonal breeder...
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 12:16:21 pm »
A lovely surprise and hopefully a nice fleece to come.

I would not trust my Zwartbles at any time of year, two weeks ago I had a shearling cruising and chatting looking for a boyfriend.  The teaser is due to go into them on 16th August for two weeks so the season is not long away now.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Unseasonal breeder...
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 12:29:28 pm »
Interesting the ewe has horns.
I had an email today from someone who had a surprise Heb lamb yesterday - white lamb so probably a cross.  I've asked if she knows the parentage
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Unseasonal breeder...
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 12:37:25 pm »
Interesting the ewe has horns.


The three Icelandics we bought from the same flock (Windy Gowl, not far from you actually) were all horned. 

(I had to edit this 'cos I had forgotten that Pug was horned!  But when I went to sort out a pic, there she was, horned!  :coat:  Pug is the brown one in the middle.)

The Dutch Texel x daughter, Pugling's mum, was white, and definitely polled.

« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 12:48:55 pm by SallyintNorth »
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Unseasonal breeder...
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 12:42:48 pm »
A lovely surprise and hopefully a nice fleece to come.

I would not trust my Zwartbles at any time of year, two weeks ago I had a shearling cruising and chatting looking for a boyfriend.  The teaser is due to go into them on 16th August for two weeks so the season is not long away now.

Good to know...  we still have one remaining Zwarts here.  She's quite thin this year, she can't 'do' as well on the same grass as the rest of the flock.  It's not ideal, really, having one dairy type will all the other "good do-ers".  She only has Shetland x lambs to rear this time.  2 daughters so I am hoping one at least will be a keeper and will fulfil the need of some here to feel that the original Z genes are carrying on.  (They had only bought Gwenneth as a gimmer shearling the year I arrived, so she's not any more "original" than all the sheep I brought with me, really, but whatevs.   ::)). 

Anyway, thanks for the nudge.  The lads are on their own at the mo, got separated a few days ago, so I think I won't put Nigel the Ever Ready with his Golden Balls back with any females now.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

 

"Unseasonal" shearing / fleeces / spinning / welfare

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