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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2015, 11:48:04 am »
I was intrigued by the comment in the paper that both four horned and  polled could show split eyelid has split eyelid in polled sheep been a problem in the breed?

In Hebs, truly polled sheep are extremely rare, but are genetically multihorned.  Other breeds of sheep which are polled will not have the multihorned gene.

We have had 2 or 3 truly polled Hebs, all of which have had perfect eyelids.  It's difficult to tell with lambs if they are polled or they're going to have scurrs, which can appear after quite a while, and here they've been sold by then.
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kanisha

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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2015, 12:35:13 pm »
Thanks Fleecewife, was just pondering the inheritance and if anything could be gleaned from  how and when it appears. I have zero interest in the politics of hebs however the genetics intrigues me  :)
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dst015

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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2015, 01:00:14 pm »
Well we've just got back from the rare breeds sale at thainstone with 6 new Hebs so very happy ,we bought all the hebs available does that make us greedy ? Lol suz also got 3 national bee hives with all the kit needed for 43 now that is a bargain ????????????

Sorry to digress here but 43 for 3 national bee hives is an absoulte steal!!! they're about 300 each where i've been looking!! Utterly in awe of that!

Big Light

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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2015, 02:14:34 pm »
FW - back to your original question re split eyelids - our  mix of lambs this year only contained 2 4 horned both boys one nice and smooth the second with a slight notch on one side (it was born about a week later than the other). The notch although we like the mother will be an eater the other one we will see how he develops

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2015, 04:19:15 pm »
Yes, there are so many other aspects to consider, as well as horns, aren't there.

We do the same, any obvious problems, castrate and into the meat queue.  The rest (plus any we couldn't catch at banding time  :-[) grow on to 16 months, at which time we decide if they're meat or worth trying as sires.  We tend to run any promising ones with a couple of ewes before we sell them as breeding stock, to check fertility or any other breeding problems.  Some years we get no keepers, the most we ever had, back when we had a much bigger flock, was three keepers in one year, of the multihorned, which we found amazing  ;D  No wonder it's hard to find a good m/h tup !!
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Fleecewife

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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2015, 07:05:53 pm »
So the two Heb tup lambs we intended to band proved impossible to do within the time limit.  Between us we've banded quite a few lambs, although not on the scale many of you have, but these lads just weren't co-operating. One had the well-known retracting peas, tiny little things way too small to be held by the ring; the other had one big (by primitive standards) and one retracting pea, so he's not done either. We tried three times, on separate occasions, then decided enough was enough.  Too late now.  It was only to suit our management plan, so not really important.
How embarrassing  :-[

By contrast the single HebXShetland lamb had nice big co-operative Maltesers, now nicely trapped and due to fall off soon.
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pointer

  • Joined Feb 2015
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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2015, 10:34:49 am »
Hi all, not used to primitive breeds but this year have some HebX out of blackface ewes. We'd usually dock the tails of our blackface lambs, but I know it can be different with primitive breeds - any thoughts on docking these cross lambs?

Fleecewife

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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2015, 11:33:15 am »
Hebs are members of the Northern Short Tailed race of sheep, although their tails are longer than many such as Shetlands and Soay.  So it's part of the breed description that registered Hebs keep their tails long - shortening the tails could be seen as a ploy to hide a less than purebred animal. 
However, wethers often have their tails docked when they are ringed.  They're never going to be registered obviously, and docked tails makes it obvious when handling which are ewe lambs and which are wethers.

I see no problem with docking the crosses if it helps your management.
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SteveRat

  • Joined Aug 2011
  • Cheshire
Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2015, 10:01:04 pm »
This year we had 13 lambs from 8 pedigree two horn ewes = 162%. All lambs two horns.

A couple of tricky presentations (one front leg back and one back legs first). The most difficult was one ewe who's teats were blocked.  With a couple of visits from the vet we got one teat working - but we are still supplementary bottle feeding her smallest lamb.

6 ewe lambs and 7 males so a fairly even split.

SteveRat

  • Joined Aug 2011
  • Cheshire
Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2015, 10:51:49 pm »
Re: identifying wethers from ewe lambs.  We put the yellow tag in the right ear for female and left for males.  Makes identification a lot easier.

fsmnutter

  • Joined Oct 2012
  • Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire
Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2015, 04:45:49 pm »
Re: identifying wethers from ewe lambs.  We put the yellow tag in the right ear for female and left for males.  Makes identification a lot easier.
Ours are the other way round, yellow on the left for females LOL

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2015, 04:57:50 pm »
So what age are Heb lambs usually sent away for meat then?
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verdifish

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • banffshire
Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2015, 06:37:08 pm »
So what age are Heb lambs usually sent away for meat then?

Now there's a question that you'll get 20 different answers for . Here 8-14 months

Big Light

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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2015, 07:13:37 pm »
We take a couple before xmas at about 6-7 months you get about 8kg ish of meat boned out - not really economic if your selling on but fine and tasty for the house we then run the rest to the summer / autumn so 14-18 months before the grass finishes meat weight 14 - 19 kg of meat boned out. Really just depends how much grass you have it you want to let some fields rest before winter then take them earlier

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Re: The Hebridean sheep thread !
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2015, 07:14:31 pm »
Only 18 more answers to go  :roflanim:

 

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