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countrygirlatheart

  • Joined Apr 2008
at what age do young sheep stop growing?
« on: January 21, 2010, 07:40:35 pm »
how long to sheep continue to grow?     

I am feeding my pedigree ewe lambs though the winter to try to ensure maximum growth (height) but I'm not sure when they can be expected to stop growing?    If I can find out when they typically achieve their ultimate height then I wont waste money feeding them for no gain

Can anyone help?    Does it vary by breed?    These are zwartbles


hexhammeasure

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Re: at what age do young sheep stop growing?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010, 08:02:31 pm »
I found that our suffolks stop actually putting on weight about 4 years old although it is very slow after 18 months usually they will just fatten out rather than get taller we call it their middle age spread!after 4 their condition stabilises (in most cases) for 2 or 3 years before they start getting to retirement age and losing condition average age at retirement is 8 years (old by commercial standards) our old dame is lambing next week at 11years old she WILL retire next year...I told her that last year too....
Ian

 

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