Farming Update – Tups Come to Islay Estates

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The new boys starting to get to know one another at Bridgend before running with the ewes.

Having bought some Blackface hoggs in May, we have now purchased some Blueface Leicester tups to start our own flock of Scotch Mules.  The Mule is generally considered to be a good breeding sheep – the hardiness of the Blackface combined with the size and composition of the Blueface Leicester creates a sheep that is consistently good at producing quality lambs for eating.

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We were looking for roman noses, long straight backs and strong hinquarters

In order to produce a good, meaty lamb for the Sunday roast the traditional ‘terminal sire’ (i.e. the end of this breeding chain that is bred for the butcher) is the Suffolk.  As you can see from the picture, the Suffolk is a very different sheep to the Blueface Leicester – sturdy, meaty and generously proportioned.  Broad hindquarters will produce good meat and the Scotch Mule makes an excellent mother.

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The Suffolk – a meaty choice for the terminal sire