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moprabbit

  • Joined Oct 2011
  • North Notts
Age for breeding
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:36:08 pm »
I've 4 Texel x mule ewes that will be 2 years old in March. As yet I haven't bred from them. If I wanted to breed from them and have them tupped in Oct/ Nov of this year, they would be 3 when lambing for the first time. Is this ok? Thank you.
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Small Farmer

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Bedfordshire
Re: Age for breeding
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 10:42:46 pm »
We breed in their second year, so yes.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Age for breeding
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 01:10:53 am »
The ideal is for them to lamb at 2 yo, but we have lambed a couple of ewes for the first time at 3yo and that has gone ok.  Just watch that they haven't got too fat before they go to the tup - plenty of time to slim them down on grass only before tupping time
« Last Edit: February 01, 2012, 12:02:56 pm by Fleecewife »
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Remy

  • Joined Dec 2011
Re: Age for breeding
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 09:37:44 am »
I bred from my Charollais ewes in their second year, but they were very well grown - three had twins and two had singles, with no problems and the lambs grew really well.  I bought some different breed ewe lambs in last year but they aren't as physically mature so I'll be breeding from them next year.
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