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Cross Breed Sheep

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  • Started 9 years ago by admin

  1. menstonpara

    I have some bluefaced leicester ewes and am thinking of crossing them with a Suffolk tup to see if I get a good lamb for meat. Can anyone tell me if this is a good or bad idea? many thanks Steve.

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    Hi steve,
    I myself don't know much about sheep but I will ask my neighbours that are sheep farmers. I believe that both breeds are very good meat producers but this can make lambing difficult as the lambs tend to be big. I understand this is the case for both breeds so lambing may require hands on assistance.

    I have read on the bluefaced leicester sheep union of North Amwerica site,
    "The Bluefaced Leicester has been used as a crossing sire in the UK for many years. It is regularly crossed with many of the native British breeds, particularly the Horned or Hill breeds such as the Swaledale, Blackfaced or Welsh Mountain to produce the famous 'mule ewe'."

    I also read on the homeoffice science research website,

    "The UK sheep industry has a unique stratified crossbreeding structure in which draft hill breed ewes are mated to longwool crossing rams (e.g. Bluefaced Leicester, Border Leicester) in upland areas to supply crossbred females (e.g. ‘Mule’, and ‘Halfbred’, respectively) as replacement ewes for lowland flocks. These crossbred ewes are then mated to terminal sire breed rams (e.g. Suffolk, Texel, Charollais) to provide prime lambs for slaughter for human consumption."

    Here is a link to an article that may be of interest

    Hope this information is useful.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Posted 9 years ago #

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