Welsh Mountain Sheep?

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  1. practical-cat

    practical-cat Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with these sheep?
     
  2. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    In the USA,, the only Welsh Mountain sheep ( unless someone has brought semen in for the white ones??) are the Black Welsh Mountain.
    Yes, I had them in the past, but got out of them many years ago because they were badly inbred.

    Now luckily it is not the case, as Oogie and a few other breeders got together to bring in semen from Wales. Now there is new lines in a nice breed.
    Am seeing an improvement in the fleece quality, temperament and hardiness.

    You can contact Oogie at this web page...

    http://www.blackwelsh.org/
     

  3. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have three Black Welsh Mountain ewes. As Bergere stated, they are badly inbred. I'm very disappointed in the wool. After doing in a ram lamb this past January I can attest to their fine taste and texture.

    If I had it to do over again, I'd only get BWM from British bloodlines. Apparently these sheep (all sheep?) do not conceive well from a bottle, but you can find them.

    The sheep I have, though inbred, are very hardy and excellent mothers. They are more skittish than modern breeds, but we get along fine. If you want petting animals, you won't like them, but they trust me enough to come near and take treats and to ask for assistance when lambing. Only one birth (out of four) required my help as the single lamb was very large. They are a good breed to start with because they are small enough to pick up if you have to, and are healthy, and thrifty.

    ;) Baaaa
     
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    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Visited your website, Woolfool

    Oh my goodness! You are using scissor things! I would be afraid to. How do you keep from nicking the little fellas?
     
  6. woolfool

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    1 - practice
    2 - hold the shears parallel to the sheep

    It feels different if you have skin rather than wool in the blades. You learn to pull back rather than blithely assume that it is just a piece of hay and end up whacking off a chunk of your sheep.

    and my final advice - unless you have to, don't wear an 1860s dress and corset while shearing, the sheep always end up laying on your hem :)

    Victoria
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