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beagh-suffolks

  • Joined Oct 2014
Quessant sheep
« on: March 27, 2015, 10:03:14 pm »
I'm currently lambing a flock of 2000+ quessant  and quessant cross sheep, I have never came across this breed before but they seem really easy to work with and lamb...anyone any experience with them?

Tim W

  • Joined Aug 2013
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2015, 08:10:26 am »
Didn't know there were such large flocks around. Mini sheep with alleged high parasite resistant traits

Where is this?

mowhaugh

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Scottish Borders
    • Facebook
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2015, 08:23:25 am »
No, not at all, but would be interested to hear more.

nutterly_uts

  • Joined Jul 2014
  • Jersey - for now :)
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2015, 10:35:45 am »
Pics!!

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2015, 04:04:49 pm »
I sold some Southdowns a few years ago to a chap in Derbyshire who just didn't find his Ouessants appealed any longer.  Carcase so small they make Soays look big!

Tim W

  • Joined Aug 2013
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2015, 09:32:57 am »
BUMP !

Pics? Info? Any news

Interested to know more about these sheep

What are the Ouessant crossed with ?

laurelrus

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Quainton,Buckinghamshire
  • Hobby farmer
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2015, 10:16:46 am »
We have 3 (so only a very small flock, I know) of Ouessants, and they are wonderful sheep!
They're so friendly, because they're small they're very easy to handle and look after.
We will be getting more!
2 pygmy goats, 3 Ouessant sheep, 19 chickens, 2 donkeys, 2 Shetland ponies and 2 dogs

kanisha

  • Joined Dec 2007
    • Spered Breizh Ouessants
    • Facebook
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2015, 11:53:39 am »
BUMP !

Pics? Info? Any news

Interested to know more about these sheep

What are the Ouessant crossed with ?

those'll be croissants then  :)
Ravelry Group: - Ouessants & Company

wonderwooly

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2015, 08:55:20 pm »
wow really, there supposed to be quite in danger. do the french Breton association know of this flock? a friend is connected to all things Breton i'm sure he would be interested...any pics? really

beagh-suffolks

  • Joined Oct 2014
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2015, 05:46:52 pm »
sorry im just back, very little signal or internet so couldnt get to read your comments...i was near the cheviot hills, there crossed mainly to shetlands but some are crossed to other breeds (not to sure what). i know the reason this farmer keeps them is for there traits and there hardness to be able to survive on the hills...i know farther down the crossing they put terminal sire e.g texels, suffolk and beltex...ive just finished  lambing up there, so will get pics up soon of them, real easy to work and very little feet problems or any problems for that matter and they grazed the rough ground real well, they lamb most outside and they out of 2000 lambed just 10 needed help...real good sheep for there size they do amazing.

mowhaugh

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Scottish Borders
    • Facebook
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2015, 06:56:41 pm »
Can I be really nosy and ask where you were?  I live in the Cheviots and did't know there were any round here, would love to have a look at some!

beagh-suffolks

  • Joined Oct 2014
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2015, 07:15:11 pm »
real close to the army base, near otterburn

Tim W

  • Joined Aug 2013
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2015, 09:31:43 am »
Did you manage to get any pics---v interested to see what the cross bred Ouessant ewes are like,
 what is their mature weight?
 what are they crossed with?

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2015, 10:17:01 am »
How do you get a good carcase on something so small?  You'd surely have to cross with progressively larger breeds and put a second or third generation cross onto a decent terminal sire to give a carcase that would be of interest at the mart.

kanisha

  • Joined Dec 2007
    • Spered Breizh Ouessants
    • Facebook
Re: Quessant sheep
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2015, 10:48:13 am »
Pré-salé  meat is sold at a premium  ;)
Ravelry Group: - Ouessants & Company

 

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