Rideau Arcott sheep
Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:54 PM
Aren't I just full of questions...
Suggestions of other breeds good for producing milk would be welcome. I like the look of Karaculs, but I realize it's a poor reason to choose a breed. I thought those Cheviots (at Chaffin's Stock Dog Trial) were very appealing too. But both may be useless for producing milk.
I may get to move to the country next year, and I want to keep chickens. But I know a good bit about chickens, having spent part of my childhood on an egg farm. Sheep however, are a mystery to me. But I think I'd like to try my hand at making cheese.
I'm not compulsive! I do this all the time!
Posted 14 October 2011 - 08:32 PM
Even milky sheep have a shorter milking season and produce less than (don't look, Bill) goats. Our Nubian does milk quite a bit and the high-fat milk makes great cheese.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:22 AM
And remember to get alot of milk you have to feed REALLY well. Just like a dairy cow or goat. They will not produce a ton of milk unless you feed them like a dairy animal.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:25 AM
Great milky sheep but not particularly hardy
Arcott stands for Agriculture Research Center Ottawa
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:00 AM
They are horrible mothers....truly awful. They have their lambs while feeding at the bale and walk away. They drop them on the pasture and walk away. We do lamb checks all night long but unless we're out there with a catchers mitt all night, we lose lambs to chilling. If you jug them up early, they go squirrelly trying to get back with their buddies and tromple their newborns.
Before I moved here, I heard from a friend that RA's were useless and I've found that to be true.
On the plus side, as meat animals, the lambs are good gainers and can be pushed hard. They make consistant quality market lambs. Thats the only reason we still keep RA's.
I'm a soap and cheese maker...get some Nubian goats. They have great rich milk for cheesemaking. They are also not convinced that everything we do is an attempt to murder them!
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