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Replacement ewe lambs

  • 21-10-2022 5:22am
    Registered Users Posts: 916 ✭✭✭ weatherbyfoxer

    Was just doing a few sums the other day here,with the current lamb and cull value it's very hard see the point of keeping a ewe lamb from your own ewes especially in a highly stocked lowland system. The past 2 years cull ewes and fat lambs in a mid season lowland system have been making €120 each on average while very good breeding hoggets are making €180..would a lad not be better taking his €240 for cull and lamb and buying a hogget over keeping a ewe lambs and eating up grass needed for other stock?..what's lads thoughts?


  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭ Jimbo789

    It depends how much you value having a closed flock and knowing what you are going to be breeding from and not risking introducing problems.

  • Very good breeding hoggots were making e250 to e300 around here.....there would be alot of pedigree breeders around here,so swarm the market for quality hoggots

    I went back keeping my own,as I found buying em,I was never entirely happy with quality/how they performed here (including one case of 4 out of one bunch 10 having bad teats)....and hard to make price of em back over there life,if they don't have the 2 lambs a year