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Best Sheep Breeds For Meat

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  1. Hi All,

    I have been asked by Brandy who I think lives in Arizona. "If we are trying to buy sheep for breeding, what is the best type of sheep to eventually eat ie lamb shanks?

    I suggest downland sheep such as Texels or Suffolks. Also Dorper and Hampshire.

    I don't have any experience of sheep so any advice gratefully received.

    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. sallie

    Hi Sara,
    Southdown cross can be a good meat bread. Crossed with Texels they seem quite hardy and grow fairly rapidly.

    Best wishes

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. Hi Sallie and everyone,

    Thanks for your suggestion of the Southdown cross.

    I asked my sheep farming friend and she said that her husband “favours a Beltex tup to a Suffolk ewe for meat production.”

    Via twitter Jane @ dovefarm suggested the Ryelands, ” I would have to say ‘ryelands’ from mine n customers experience.”

    Mopsa suggested Welsh Mountain Badger Face sheep.

    Topveg said "Depends how big you want your joints to be. Our Jacobs had beautiful meat: tender, moist & full of flavour, but the joints were small – just big enough for a family of 4. Our friends have ‘ryelands’ & they are tasty too."

    Smallholder had a few suggestions, "Firstly, our farm favourite, the Hampshire Down, there’s a resurgence of using Hamps as ‘terminal sires’ in commercial flocks to produce lively lambs that finish off grass and produce fabulous flavoured meat! Next, a much smaller sheep, the Portland – renowned for fine-textured flavoursome meat, and they are very lovely small (horned) sheep. Another tiny, and rare, breed – the Soay, some say the meat tastes like venison. Another favourite is the Ryeland, they look like teddy-bears and produce excellent meat. With over 80 breeds of British sheep, there’s plenty of choice and the more we eat the more breeds will be preserved for posterity!"

    What a great response to this question.

    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. My mum has Zwartbles, which are a breed native to Holland and a registered rare breed in the UK. Every year she does a few lambs for the freezer. Much less fat on them than other lambs and also large in size.

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    Posted 8 years ago #

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