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  • Joined Apr 2012
Charolais sheep
« on: February 02, 2013, 07:39:51 pm »
I've just been & put a deposit on 2 jan born ewe lambs from last year going to get them tomorrow my question will they take the ram now? I heard they have a longer breeding season than most ewes?


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Charolais sheep
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2013, 08:30:48 pm »
Probably yes, but my question would be do you understand the drawbacks with lambing in july. Very difficult to stop them getting fat ,thus big lambs .  When are you going to shear ? . Need to trim away blood and gunk quickly after lambing and watch ewe and lamb for maggots . When will you wean to prepare for next year ? . Getting on their backs is a problem for heavily pregnant sheep in summer


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Charolais sheep
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2013, 08:45:36 pm »
Most of my sheep will be kept as pets or sold as pets. Shearing I didn't think of that bit there pretty friendly so I might be able to halter them an shear?


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Thornbury, Nr Bristol
Re: Charolais sheep
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2013, 10:29:28 pm »
Having had one ewe lamb in July in the past (unintentionally), it really is not the best time to be lambing.  Fly strike is a real problem and you will be highly unlikely to be able to shear and do anywhere near a reasonable job with your ewes in the standing position.  Good luck with your ewes though - Charollais are a great breed.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Charolais sheep
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2013, 12:29:24 pm »
Would hate to lamb in July - fly problems would be really bad as already mentioned. 


  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Charolais sheep
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2013, 03:49:23 pm »
I Imagine if you lambed in July, youd wean November, at which point your lambs would go downhill fairly fast unless you caked them heavily.

I think its just a bit too late. I wouldn't want to lamb later than May.

Tudful Tamworths

  • Joined Aug 2009
    • Liz's website
Re: Charolais sheep
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2013, 12:03:32 am »
I agree with the others re. summer lambing and flystrike. Probably best just getting used to being a sheep keeper this year and putting them to the ram in the autumn. There's a lot to learn about sheep, so the coming months will be time well spent. Good luck and enjoy!
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