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shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Hebs for 6!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2015, 07:03:41 pm »
You see the odd pen of small hill store lambs under 20 at the market and if I sell x lambs with horns I expect 5-10 less than ones with no horns .     Last foot and mouth problem  cull ewes from some of the islands  were    1 each or buy one get one free .   

kelly58

  • Joined Mar 2013
  • Highlands, Scotland
  • Home is were my animals are.
Re: Hebs for 6!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2015, 09:12:57 pm »
That is so sad for the rare breeds, l am very fortunate l keep mine for the pleasure of having them .  :sheep: :love:

Coximus

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Hebs for 6!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2015, 10:05:09 pm »
If you need your flock to pay their are ways around this;

Breed a few pure by all means;

Use an xbred or terminal tup, I've used Texel, Char and easycare over hebrideans, and in all cases you get a lamb at slaughter weight within 10-12 months, and usually get an extra 3-4 Kg per animal too. Also you get 80/20 white over black in my experience and 60-70% polled.

This translates to your cross lambs easily getting 55-65 in the ring - as long as their white. Black ones tend to be 10 back, especially if horned, but the meat buyers KNOW that they are getting a VERY LEAN carcase which is what alot of them want, but with good frame and conformation.

I have also had luck using a texel x heb tup, so the lambs are 1/4 Texel - this confers a great benefit to the legs and size, finishing time is about 12 months give or take a month and weight at finishing about 41-42kg. Downside is lambs are black, upside is most were polled. They went as blue texels for some reason (auctioneers choice) and fetched 50 a head.... This cross is also as easy lambing as the pure, so again adding value and getting rid before the second winter.

Garmoran

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Lochaber, Highland
Re: Hebs for 6!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2015, 09:32:04 pm »
rare breed sale in Dingwall on the 7th November and when I hear some of the prices for hebs, shetlands etc it makes me mad

There are a few sellers that send Hebs to Fort William mart, too, but I don't remember ever seeing one hit the 10 mark. Very few buyers are interested. People that I know who keep them seem to send most direct to slaughter.

 

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