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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 17 3:54 pm    Post subject: When to send off lambs & what to expect back  Reply with quote    

Could anyone out there who has kept southdown lambs before give me some guidance and advice on expected killing out weights? also the best age for them to go. They were all born the first week of April and have got off to a good start just on grass, my thoughts were for them to go off in October but as this is my first batch to go I am really taking a stab in the dark. Another problem I have is that I do not have any sheep scales and so cannot just send them when they reach a certain weight, I am going to have to rely on age & condition.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 17 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think I have some scales, busy at the mo pls pm me and I'll try to check tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 17 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

not a specific observation but age and condition is a good place to start.

another factor is estimating future improvements ( or not ) based on the animal's characteristics and the grazing, fodder, housing etc etc available as well as the costs/market/culinary value etc etc .

as to live wt to dead wt to edible and useful bits wt it depends on the animal's condition and development and on butchery style.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 17 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pete2 I would suggest that you talk to a local agricultural college if there is one within a few miles. When I was in studenting days mode, college would find farmers where students could go and show their ability to assess the saleability of various animals. Also it could be an idea to get the local Young Farmers' Club out to have a look, there are lots of stock judging competitions around and they like to get practise in before a competition. Or the NFU may know someone local who could come along and help-you may have to pay the NFU man however! We were always told fit not fat! And possibly the breed society may help or a butcher, but he may have too much bias on what he wants which may not be what the general market wants.

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