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kanisha

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two lamb crops per year?
« on: August 25, 2012, 12:38:56 pm »
Anyone else get this?

I know that dorset sheep are considered non seasonal and as such can produce two lambs crops with in one year but has anyone had this  in other breeds? I read that portlands do this ( ancestral influence of dorset sheep)
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SallyintNorth

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Re: two lamb crops per year?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 01:36:09 pm »
We discuss this regularly, and usually get conflicting answers!  I shall watch with interest...

Our Charollais tups are ready to work much earlier in the year than the Texels, and now that we have some half-Charollais ewes, we are finding that some of the ewes are cycling earlier than they used to.
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kanisha

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Re: two lamb crops per year?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 02:21:48 pm »
Ok I'll rephrase the question slightly anyone any experience of a ewe with a lamb at foot lambing 5 months and  six weeks after her previous lambing ie concieving whilst having a six week old lamb at foot that she raised healthy and the same for the second ?
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SallyintNorth

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Re: two lamb crops per year?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2012, 02:25:46 pm »
Oh!  No, I didn't realise you meant that at all!   :o

The people l have known with Dorsets have had spring-lambing and autumn-lambing flocks; they haven't attempted to get any single ewe to rear two crops a year.
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RichStaffs

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Re: two lamb crops per year?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 03:56:12 pm »
What breed is it?

I think the usual for dorsets is 3 crops in two years, i.e. lambing every 8 months rather than twice a year.

kanisha

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Re: two lamb crops per year?
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2012, 04:05:12 pm »
Ouessant and its not the only recorded incident but the most clearly documented until then everyone just raised an eye brow..... :o
« Last Edit: August 25, 2012, 04:06:45 pm by kanisha »
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