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Jamie12

  • Joined Nov 2013
Finally
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:12:08 am »
Got myself some sheep  :excited:. They arrive next week, feeling rather nervous and excited!

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Finally
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2014, 08:28:44 am »
What did you get? And don't forget we will need piccies when they arrive  ;D
Life is like a bowl of cherries, mostly yummy but some dodgy bits

Jamie12

  • Joined Nov 2013
Re: Finally
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014, 08:31:38 am »
30 mule x Suffolk ewe lambs. Only considering tupping the biggest but happy to run them all on till next year. Need to go shopping for sheep things now! I will end up buying loads I dont need ,

shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Finally
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2014, 08:41:11 am »
how exciting  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Finally
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2014, 08:45:32 am »
Excellent  :thumbsup: What kind of tup are you planning to use?

Bramblecot

  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: Finally
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2014, 10:19:31 am »
That's it, you're hooked now :hugsheep:
Top tips- buy as many hurdles as you can afford in one go (so they fit together properly, unlike my motley collection ::) ), and get on good terms with your farm vet :thumbsup: .

Jamie12

  • Joined Nov 2013
Re: Finally
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014, 01:22:01 pm »
Potentially a charrolais. Ideas on a post card please lol

nutterly_uts

  • Joined Jul 2014
  • Jersey - for now :)
Re: Finally
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2014, 03:14:24 pm »
I reckon Zwarble :) All I'm hearing is good things about the lambs when they are put to most breeds of ewe - easy to lamb as narrow shoulders, nice carcasses and good growth rate and that the lambs do really well :)

Jamie12

  • Joined Nov 2013
Re: Finally
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2014, 03:22:40 pm »
Zwartble is a serious potential, I help with some pedigree ones and they can get me a decent mismarked chap

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Finally
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2014, 03:27:41 pm »
It depends what your objectives are, I guess.

If your objective is to farm them and sell fat lambs, then a conventional terminal sire would give you good lambs that should be easy to sell.  Charollais would be a good choice.  :thumbsup:  It will overcome any dopeyness from the Suffolk, and that combination should give a fast growing, cracking good fat lamb.  Make sure you get/use a tup with plenty of wool on his head, though - you don't want the lambs to be too bare.

Otherwise a Texel, I guess, but try to get one that isn't too huge in the shoulders or rump.

Just seen your post about Zwartbles... I haven't ever used Zwartbles so I don't know how the lambs would turn out.  Would they be black or white?  Until you are known as a competent producer, I'd be inclined to stick with the well-known sires, and certainly to be producing white lambs if you are planning to sell in the ring. 
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Bramblecot

  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: Finally
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2014, 07:21:53 pm »
I don't want to  :raining: on anyone's parade but...
My neighbour is a professional farmer, not a soppy hobby smallholder like myself, and very experienced.  I asked how their Zwartbles got on last year and I cannot repeat the reply :o .  Let's just say, if you are  planning on taking them to market, and don't want a huge feed bill, maybe think again :thinking: .  Just passing it on :sofa:

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Finally
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2014, 07:31:46 pm »
 Depends as sally says what you want the lambs for / what part of the country , in Scotland if its not one of the three main breeds it will seriously affect the price 

nutterly_uts

  • Joined Jul 2014
  • Jersey - for now :)
Re: Finally
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2014, 10:35:57 pm »
Some people find the zwarbles need too much feeding but others are fine with them so I think its a bit hit and miss :) I love them so I'd risk it :)

Jamie12

  • Joined Nov 2013
Re: Finally
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2014, 11:00:26 pm »
Charollais seems the favorite ATM, having conflicting opinions on tupping ewe lambs (only the biggest will be tupped).

Porterlauren

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: Finally
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2014, 11:12:01 pm »
I'd personally try a Charmoise, a lot of the good points of a Charollais, but real easy lambing for ewe lambs, small head etc, very good conformation, good vigour at birth, very hardy and do well on crap grazing.

Edited to add - We're putting about 30 ewe lambs to Charmoise this year, to lamb themselves outside. . . . fingers crossed!

 

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