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Author Topic: Zwartbles  (Read 1260 times)


  • Joined Apr 2011
  • Anglesey
« on: May 05, 2023, 08:29:21 am »
Hi, Iíve never kept sheep but almost bought some Zwartbles about 8 years ago.

Two purposes, to keep the fields tidy since I no longer have horses, and to go in the freezer.

Accidentally came across some castrated boys for sale yesterday, for pets!  Why advertise for pets, are they no good for the freezer?  Should I stick to an everyday common white lamb?

Thanks  :goat:


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Zwartbles
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2023, 10:06:19 am »
Thereís probably nothing to stop you putting them in the freezer, but Iíd check how old they are first. If theyíre just this years lambs or even last years Iíd eat them. Anything older than that is mutton, so it depends if thatís your taste or not.

As for breed, itís whatever you like the look of really. Donít get primitives if you want a fast growing lamb. The world is your oyster really  :)


  • Joined Apr 2011
  • Anglesey
Re: Zwartbles
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2023, 10:24:52 am »
Thank you


  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Zwartbles
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2023, 02:54:24 pm »
There's likely nothing wrong with them other than the seller is attached to them and doesn't like the idea of them going for meat.

However, if you want to fill your freezer, you'll want animals you can either breed from or at least by small and fatten up before they go. Commercially, Zwartbles lambs tend to be sold straight away at weaning (or in our case a few months later), so you tend not to get them being sold as "store lambs" for fattening.
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett


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