Selling his lambs through Peirce Connolly “We lamb all our sheep outside by choice and we have no problems with the Beltex sired lambs. of his commercial lambs which will be born from mid March onward. Lambed approx 125 a year back then and reckon that we probably had 1 c section a year. and superior grading. The breed itself has a future and purpose so why commit business suicide. My granddaughter, who got her confirmation last week, shows her own sheep. I am recording all lambing problems this year so at least I will know if they do it next year. "I'm lambing sheep from January 1 to May 1. Beltex are prone to dystocia and respiratory problems, but the worst part is that their lambs aren’t even that cute. All are lambed inside, with feeding only introduced when they are brought under cover to straw-bedded pens at 1/4pound per head per day. grades and improve the quality of the lamb carcass by providing There was no mastitis outbreaks in the shed either, although some ewes picked it up in the warm weather outside ! Derryouge pedigree flock of their own. This brings a benefit of at least £4.80 per head. We only have 30 ewes at present and there will be no c-sections. … He would normally have these later commercial lambs sold by July It is primarily a problem with show lambs that are frequently slick sheared. What Is Colostrum and Why Do Baby Lambs Need It? When to Wean Lambs and 3 Tips to Make It Easier, Mineral and Nutritional Requirements for Sheep, 11 Important Pointers When Caring for Sheep in Winter. And the younger generation of sheep farmers, he says, are more interested in the Beltex. The Rouge is noted for having a lot of lambs, and twins is the ideal scenario, he says. © Farming Independent. above average kill outs. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. Vast ingestion of plastic in cattle - options? As a result, the business looked to the Beltex as a terminal sire and purchased their first females and a couple of rams at Carlisle in the mid 1990s from the late Gavin Shanks, Inveresk, with others from Alan Thom and John McIlwraith. By 1. They are delighted with Beltex for ease of lambing and top grading The lambs Loading... Unsubscribe from Jill McAree? E grades which I struggled to get with other breeds. Beltex Sheep Characteristics. You could load up 10 lambs any day and sell them. These were made up of Beltex cross and Blackface lambs which were bought in at £70 and £45 and sold three to six months later at £110 and £80, respectively. That was our first year entering that. and saw an immediate improvement in grades in his lamb crop. for slaughter anything at 39 Kg live will produce at least a 21 a leaner lamb with a much higher meat to bone ratio. They wernt over fit or itchy, didn't waste any but caused a lot of ball ache. "The manual labour is tough. I had been warned not to feed them during pregnancy, so they have had nothing but grass since the autumn, and bugger all grass at that (was grazed level in the autumn). Looks more like a … Years ago we lambed the commercial sheep in February and March, but putting them back to April means they are straight out to grass. Yet it is the progeny from these real double muscled meat machines that always attract the prize rosettes and the big money in the show and sale ring. Home-bred shearling and ram lambs for sale, Next week’s three-day show and sale of rams and females at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, is the big one though, with Easter Ochtermuthill having 10 shearling rams and six ram lambs up for grabs. Raising Sheep: A Complete Guide on How to Raise Sheep at Homestead, What to Consider When Raising Sheep and Chickens Together, How to Prevent and Treat Flystrike in Sheep. are sought by the processor who knows that they will produce more Romanov Sheep: Is This Short-Tailed Breed Suitable For My Farm? "With the pedigree Beltex you'd like to see some singles as well. attention to the lambing of the pedigree flock and the remainder constraints within his work leaving Shirley to care for the flock. With limited acreage, Jimmy and Christine do all the work on the farm, with assistance from Jimmy’s son, James at lambing time. Hardy ewes won't lamb in Jan, won't have as much milk and won't have as high lambing percentage. Ringworm (club lamb fungus, wool rot, and lumpy wool) Club lamb fungus is a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin of sheep. /* Stackyard 160x600 */ "She has a lovely way about her with stock and she has the sheep dog here, Bonnie. Disclosure. "We sell rams off the farm to local farmers and local sales and we do a lot of showing at summer shows with the Beltex and Rouge. For some of the lambs which I have “Beltex and Beltex cross lambs always attract a premium through the live market, and there is more of a premium in the south. To date these lambs have had exceptional growth rates and well Would you consider an alternative small terminal sire? the grading and carcass capabilities of the breed, they under estimate Welcome to the British Farming Forum. Crossbred ewes with their Beltex sired lambs google_ad_width = 160; Wide enough to pass the lambs! google_ad_client = "ca-pub-0589464629046213"; His daughter Stephanie and granddaughter Chloe, who is 12, help out on the farm when they can. My policy Infection occurs when the fungus invades the skin and hair (wool) follicles. Increased Demand for Beltex Rams continues at Carlisle. I don't even like to look at them give me a texel anyday. ... Herdwicks lambing season 2014 - Duration: 14:10. They wernt over fit or itchy, didn't waste any but caused a lot of ball ache. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. In recent years with the bonus payments his early lambs have fetched Aug 5, 2015. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. One of the 'selling points' of winter shearing is an increase in lamb birth weight. "Chloe is living near by and comes to help at the weekends," Hugh says. You will have to. Stay tuned for the first newsletter in the morning, straight to your inbox. How and why has a breed of sheep been let get to the stage were it can't lamb. The Charollais lambed from January 3 and are finished now. grazing in Co Down. //-->, County Down Fisherman and is no stranger to harsh conditions and stringent regulatory If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. During this six week period, they sold 170 with an average weight of 40.5kg, to level at £115 per head.