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Livestock => Sheep => Primitive Sheep => Topic started by: SR on July 20, 2020, 03:31:00 pm

Title: Costs
Post by: SR on July 20, 2020, 03:31:00 pm
How much might you expect a Hebridean ram cost to buy?
Also how much might a Hebridean ewe in lamb cost to buy?
Title: Re: Costs
Post by: Fleecewife on July 20, 2020, 05:35:17 pm
With all such questions, of course, it depends.  It depends on if you are looking for a two horned or multihorned tup, if you are looking for a show winner or just a good sturdy sire for your meat lambs, it depends on if you are looking for a registered breeding animal or not, who you are buying from and whether you are at a  rare breeds sale or going private.  The cost of a tup also varies with the year, in that supply and demand fluctuate.  It also depends on how much you are prepared to pay.
The highest paid for a Heb tup at a rare breed sale that I am aware of was just short of 1,000, but I think that was something to do with raising the profile of the breed ie perhaps pre-arranged, cynic that I am.
A good, run of the mill but registered tup would be somewhere over 100 and for a show tup you might pay several hundred, perhaps for the breeder's name.  Hebs never attract the sky-high prices you see at pedigree ram sales

Sorry I can't help with the price of in-lamb ewes as I have not sold or bought them, and would not.
Title: Re: Costs
Post by: harmony on July 20, 2020, 06:49:01 pm
Echo comments above and much of what fleecewife says is true of female hebs too. I have seen ewe lambs sold between 30 and 100 at auction. Ewe's with lambs at foot 25 to 100. In lamb ewes 40 to 60. Then there are those that sell above those top prices I have just quoted. I have also seen sheep given away on some web sites for less. You don't often see in lamb hebs for sale.
Title: Re: Costs
Post by: SR on July 20, 2020, 08:29:42 pm
Thanks folks. That is useful.