[Homestead] Dorpers, was Hatin' (Sarah) Palin
lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 24 18:10:16 EDT 2008
I have woolies and I love them. Mine are mostly Romney. The biggest
problem I have with wool sheep is that they don't seem to understand how
big they are in full wool. They crowd me and can knock me down without
even feeling it.
I actually use the wool; I make flokati type rugs. In Greece the
flokatis are made with wool yarn (tied around the warp threads) that is
allowed to untwist to make a shag. I skipped a step and tie the wool,
unspun, around the warp. It's slow going, but the Romney fleece makes
beautiful rugs. The white (cream, actually) wool is nice, but gets
boring. I only have one black sheep--I'd like to get more that are
My ram died last year and didn't do his job, so I didn't have any lambs
this spring. I bought a new ram (the biggest Dorset I've ever seen) in
the spring, and my ewes bred out of season. So far I have 2 ewe lambs
and a boy I call "Easter dinner". Looks like there might be more coming.
Tioga County, PA
> But . . . . they are such a pain in the patooty to keep up. AND shearing a
> Correidale is such a PETA. AND, there is really no market for wool anymore
> (thank you New Zealand and Australia ).
> Dorpers are pretty good sized. They are beefier than the other hair breeds.
> That said, when the kidlets first showed sheep, we bought lambs up outside
> of Jenner from a rancher that raised wool. He bred all his Columbian ewes
> to Suffolk and Hampshire rams. We could buy January and February lambs and
> have no problem making weight for the June fairs! The lambs were nice and
> long in the loin, nice flat topline and had a lot of twist to the thigh.
> Those lambs finished at an easy 165 pounds!
> However, again, at least to me, the woolie breeds are inclined to be more
> toward the mutton end of the taste scale and I prefer my lamb on the milder
> end of the spectrum.
> But, if you like the look of the Corriedales, then buy them. You'll
> probably be able to find a local spinner that would pay for the shearing and
> you'd have your lamb to eat.
> Of course, you have to take into consideration that you generally are only
> getting, at most, 50% on woolie breeds. You'll get 67% on St. Croix and
> around 59% or higher on Dorpers.
> ----- Original Message -----
>> I'd like to get a little more size out of my wethers. Do you have any
>> idea if they work drastically differently?
>> I will confess that I really want some Corriedales...(hangs head and
>> confesses)...just because they are pretty.
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