dog wrote:The Wiltshire horn is a good mother however the cross with the merino to produce the wiltipolls tends to throw the bad mothering gene of the merino now and then. Merinos tend to have problems looking after one offspring let alone twins or trips.
Saffronsheepranch wrote:Are you guys saying that selecting for wool ruined the merino sheep?
It is Spring for you, isn't it?
Springfarm, are you working with that much land?
So they can't keep lambs together because the ewe has to forage a very large area and the lambs don't keep up? One nap and they are lost?
I am going to join you soon with the lambing posts. I hope I have a better lambing than in the Spring. I did some bad things.
Are you guys saying that selecting for wool ruined the merino sheep?
dog wrote:Are you guys saying that selecting for wool ruined the merino sheep?
Pre LGD on my stud I was looking at 85 to 90% weaning rate with Poll Dorsets (mainly due to fox and dingo) with the LGD that evened out to 100% and higher however the fact that I had a large dog loose at night was a concern with farms around me with one farmer waiting for the opportunity to shoot the dog before it could ‘kill’ their sheep
I am not too sure what the fox problems are in WA but trips in the Australian environment are not really feasible – in a hobby situation trips may be possible but if one then costs the venture on a commercial basis they end up as the highest cost lambs around with the degree of labor required to keep them alive till weaning. And I really don’t see the logic in selecting for Trips or even Twins if one only ends up with singles at weaning. There are other more important traits to concentrate on.
I am surprised you guys didn't adopt the English tradition of fox hunting.
That reminds me when I was putting in cotton up near WeeWaa many years ago
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