East Friesian lambs to buy

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10 years 5 months ago #30116 by Crystika
Hi I'm looking for some female East Friesian lambs to buy foe my LSB does anyone know where I can find some?

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10 years 5 months ago #406986 by FarmerEms
Only one I found on TM is a Ram Lamb - Looks like they're pretty hard to come by. You could maybe ask the person on TM if they know of any?

Growing the LSB one kid/lamb/calf/piglet at a time.. [8D]

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10 years 5 months ago #407000 by Stu_R
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Hi and welcome to LSB cyber family
Where are you ... lol .. um eg: what part of the country
As there was an entire East Friesian lamb at Manawatu show ( called Smikel) .. can try n find out the breeders for you if you need

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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10 years 5 months ago #407019 by muri
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Yes, I have a friend who may have some for sale. I checked them out yesterday as I was interested in the ram but he is arapawa x east friesian - but looks totally east friesian. So they are not purebreds. Were you wanting them for milking? The mothers are east friesian x finnish landrace. Nice udders on them. She is at dairy flat north of auckland

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10 years 5 months ago #407023 by eelcat
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We have a this year's EF lamb - she is the most lovable and calm lamb, though very noisy in the vocal sense! We intend to breed her spring after next and then milk her.

1 Border collie, 1 Huntaway, 2 Lhasa Apsos, Suffolk and arapawa ewe crosses, an Arapawa ram,an East Friesian ewe , 5 cats, 42 ducks , 1 rooster and 30 hens, 5 geese, 12 goats, 2 donkeys, 2 house cows, one heifer calf, one bull calf, 3 rabbits and lots and lots and lots of fruit trees...

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10 years 5 months ago #407027 by muri
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I had east friesians but got sick of litters of lambs of which the mother couldnt look after them all and they didnt do well in the very wet and cold, even tho I lambed later in the season. 4 lambs each year from the ewes saw more casualties than the rest of the ewes combined. But they are very vocal, in endless conversations with their lambs, etc

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10 years 5 months ago #407142 by Crystika
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I am wanting to be able to milk the ewes in the future. Not sure how to get them from so far away but any more help would be appreciated i.e contact details, email address so I can find out more.

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10 years 5 months ago #407148 by LongRidge
Exactly muri ..... why?
Crystika, will you be able to humanely destroy the babies after the ewe has lambed? Otherwise, how are you and multiple lambs going to all get milk from her, without her getting metabolic diseases? EFs aren't a breed that I would start with.

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10 years 5 months ago #407196 by Crystika
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What other breed would be suitable for milking? I also thought you could leave the lambs with mum for a wee while then wean them onto a bottle. As with goats cant the lambs be left with mum during the day then at night be put in separate pens so mum can be milked in the morning? Also cant we have the lambs we dont want to keep or sell for the freezer? EFs seem to be the recommended milking breed so thats why I'm looking at that breed. My family are cows milk intollerant and the ewes milk, cheese and yoghurt we buy is always sort on supply so with land that needs to be grazed it seems like a worth while thing to try. I have 8 1/2 acres with only 2 goats and a pony. If I can supplement the supple of ewes milk products from my own sheep it seems to me worth the effort. And just like any thing on a LSB nothing is a success with out lots of trial and error.

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10 years 5 months ago #407379 by LongRidge
All ewes make milk. EFs make more than many. How much milk do you need?
With our lambs, it is extremely difficult to get them to take a bottle of powder milk after they are used to mums milk. This year we have a maiden ewe that found a goat kid and adopted her, and came into milk. But she only makes a small amount of milk so we are supplementing the kid with a bottle. She will only take a bottle if the ewe does not make as much milk as she wants.
Bottlefeeding a lamb (3 or 4 with EFs) is very expensive in powder (at least $120 for the 12 weeks they are being fed, per lamb), and in time. Also, they never do as well as ewe-reared lambs. The powder composition is not exactly right for lambs.
It is very difficult keeping a small lamb away from mum, and vice versa. With EF's, and the triplets and quads that they make, how are you going to keep all those away from the ewe, especially without stressing the ewe? Goats naturally/in nature leave their kids for 6 or 8 hours between feeds without getting stressed, but most sheep don't.
What part of cows milk are you sensitive to? If lactose then sheeps milk will be far worse than cows milk.
I suspect that goats milk is more similar to human milk than sheep milk is.
I have been unreliably informed that sheeps milk picks up off flavours worse than goats milk does. Have you compared both fresh sheep and fresh goat milk?

Thus, if I were starting, I would try a goat before EF ewes.

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10 years 5 months ago #407400 by Crystika
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Thanks for all the info, have tried UHT goats milk and the sheeps milk we get is frozen. It's not just lactose it's all of cows milk. We are fine on sheep milk. Much prefer the sheep to goat. Was planning on goats first (have two already) but havent been able to get a yoghurt (or know if you can) to try and much prefer the sheep milk/cheese. Spending probably at least $70 a week on cheese, milk and yoghurt as it is as there are four of us eating/drinking it. So at $120 for 12 weeks thats a savings!
Though if it was a must then humanly killing the lambs could be done. And EFs milk is meant to be the best flavour as well as production for cheese/yogurt or so I've been told. I know all sheep produce milk but just like all sheep produce wool, not all are created equal :)

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10 years 5 months ago #407405 by eelcat
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We make goat yoghurt quite satisfactorily.

1 Border collie, 1 Huntaway, 2 Lhasa Apsos, Suffolk and arapawa ewe crosses, an Arapawa ram,an East Friesian ewe , 5 cats, 42 ducks , 1 rooster and 30 hens, 5 geese, 12 goats, 2 donkeys, 2 house cows, one heifer calf, one bull calf, 3 rabbits and lots and lots and lots of fruit trees...

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10 years 4 months ago #412650 by Belle Bosse
Have sent you a PM.

Incase you dont get it... try contacting

www.sedona.co.nz/sedona/Sedona_East_Fresians.html

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10 years 4 months ago #412671 by trikee
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Sounds interesting! Lambs are pretty easy to give away or sell as pets, I am sure you won't have to kill any. My parents had east fresians with the intention of maybe milking them one day, milking didn't eventuate but I remember they were quite nice natured sheep, at that time I was a teenager and I noticed a difference in temperament between them and some of the other breeds on the farm - especially in the yards!!! Good luck and would be great if you let me know how you get on... is something I would consider too :-) You won't know until you give it a go!!!

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10 years 4 months ago #412678 by eelcat
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Our EF is am amazingly happy and calm sheep/lamb. Currently she is a little fat :D , but very tame.

1 Border collie, 1 Huntaway, 2 Lhasa Apsos, Suffolk and arapawa ewe crosses, an Arapawa ram,an East Friesian ewe , 5 cats, 42 ducks , 1 rooster and 30 hens, 5 geese, 12 goats, 2 donkeys, 2 house cows, one heifer calf, one bull calf, 3 rabbits and lots and lots and lots of fruit trees...

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