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Birdie Wife

  • Joined Oct 2008
Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« on: October 17, 2008, 12:39:16 pm »
Hi, I wonder if I could pick your brains please? I would like to get some sheep for meat and pelts (equal priority) and nice fleece (if possible) and they need to be able to do well on rough grazing. 

I am not an experienced sheep keeper so it would be nice if they weren't huge animals, but docile enough to be able to herd fairly easily without a dog.  I have been thinking about Icelandic sheep but the prices I have seen are waaaay out of my budget (although I could only find one place that sells them, there might be others which offer . Does anyone have any experience with Shetlands or Jacobs? Any other recommendations/tips/advice?

Thanks in anticipation!

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008, 11:34:10 pm »
personally i would go for Gotlands if you want all of those qualities AND friendly sheep!
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Birdie Wife

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2008, 05:47:05 pm »
I've just had a look on the 'net - they are stunning... and the lambs are beautiful too!  Okay all lambs are really... but those ones especially!  They certainly look like they would fit the bill.  Now I just have to work out if I can afford them... and whether there are any breeders within a 200 mile radius of me! Thanks woollyshepherd.

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2008, 06:53:09 pm »
Where are you?
www.berry land cottage.co.uk
www.valgrainger.co.uk

Overall winner of the Devon Environmental Business Awards 2009

rustyme

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Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2008, 07:11:56 pm »
they are behind you ...... ;D

doganjo

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Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2008, 10:28:26 pm »
Well that's either in the Firth of Forth or a big field depending on which door you are at ;)  Right Rosemary? ;D
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

rustyme

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Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2008, 11:41:39 pm »
 ;D ;D


Birdie Wife

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2009, 01:30:00 pm »
Hi guys, resurrecting this thread to try and get some more information.  North Ronaldsay mutton is being marketed locally and I'm wondering if I can jump on the bandwagon, so to speak.  Does anyone have any experience with this breed, how hard are they to tame etc?

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2009, 01:45:52 pm »
I kow people with NRs and I have a lot of their wool......very nice sheep.....very nice meat......very nice wool.....and super lambskins!

Need to be kept tame as are primitives and can get a bit flighty
www.berry land cottage.co.uk
www.valgrainger.co.uk

Overall winner of the Devon Environmental Business Awards 2009

Birdie Wife

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 01:08:04 pm »
Thanks WS  :) so they aren't impossible for a newbie then, as long as I put in some time with them?  :farmer:

PS are there any sheep you DON'T like?  ;)

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2009, 07:10:15 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D not too fond of anything that is mad and jumps......several breeds and crosses spring to mind :o :o However I just like sheep and can do something woolly or tasty with every type of sheep ;)
www.berry land cottage.co.uk
www.valgrainger.co.uk

Overall winner of the Devon Environmental Business Awards 2009

Julie S

  • Joined Jan 2009
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 07:41:04 pm »
I know woollyshepherd won't agree with me here but Soay sheep - if treated right - can be fabulous little sheep to keep. Low maintenance, HUGE range of colours, nice healthy meat - fantastic  ;D
200 sheep, 4 pigs, 2 donkeys, 1 shetland pony, 12 cats and a bunch of gruesome chickens

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2009, 12:45:16 pm »
Oh I don't mind tame soays and they taste wonderful......its just that everytime I get called by someone with a really serious problem.........it always seems to be soays rear ends dissappearing at speed that I encounter ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D. I just love sheep that stand still....for a moment at least!!!!!
www.berry land cottage.co.uk
www.valgrainger.co.uk

Overall winner of the Devon Environmental Business Awards 2009

Julie S

  • Joined Jan 2009
Re: Sheep recommendations please, rough grazing
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 05:47:46 pm »
You'd like my Soays - they are very friendly girls. Most people are surprised when they see them because they expect them to be jumping over fences  ;D
200 sheep, 4 pigs, 2 donkeys, 1 shetland pony, 12 cats and a bunch of gruesome chickens

 

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