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Azzdodd

  • Joined Apr 2012
What weight do you all take your lambs to abbotior
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:15:17 pm »
All my lambs are weighing about 30kg now until this year I've never normally weighted them just felt and thought yes there ready off they went I am looking at 2 that I would usually off taken but only weighting 31kg...they are all texel X
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
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Re: What weight do you all take your lambs to abbotior
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2014, 06:41:49 pm »
If Texel x commercial type you probably want them 40kgs minimum; if for your own consumption probably at least 45kgs maybe up to 50-52kgs.

If Texel x primitive, 35-36kgs may be more of a reasonable target.

Don't forget that at least 2kgs of what they weigh at home is stomach contents ;)
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Big Benny Shep

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • Skipton
Re: What weight do you all take your lambs to abbotior
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2014, 07:26:15 pm »
I always send them at 40kg and above, if its for butcher I normally send them a bit leaner than if selling for fat at the auction but at least 88lbs (just under 40kg but its what my weigher works in)
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We have 80(ish) texels and texel x suffolks, 10 lleyns, 21NE Mules, 2 Dexters with calves, Monty the labrador, Dottie, Bracken and Poppy the collies and 30 assorted hens.

mowhaugh

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Re: What weight do you all take your lambs to abbotior
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2014, 07:33:03 pm »
We send them at 39-42kgs.

Azzdodd

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: What weight do you all take your lambs to abbotior
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2014, 10:29:28 am »
Thanks everyone few more weeks for them plenty off grass anyway mind!

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: What weight do you all take your lambs to abbotior
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2014, 12:00:52 pm »
Our tame lambs are mostly Texel x and go at 42-50kg roughly...all private kill though they would be too heavy for market and if sold direct to abattoir. We don't have scales but are getting fairly good at feeling when they are ready to go :)

 

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