1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Cute wee lambs...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Melvil, 20 Apr 2008.

  1. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    On a bit of ramble today in the Pentland hills (which I highly recommend if anyone is ever in the Edinburgh area) the hills are alive with lambs and their mums - like this pair:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/semi-detached/2428377955/

    Kind of makes me sad that they'll be 'gone' soon, they are sooo cute!
     
  2. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    I like the taste of goat and mutton more TBH.
     
  3. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Aye - a friend of mine was in Eritrea a few years ago and had to choose his goat for dinner. Needless to say, it was still alive at the time...
     
  4. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Curry goat rice and peas is the food of gods.
     
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Nice photo Melvil, but I'm sure if I had to do the killing I would end up as a veggie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Renard

    Renard Guest

    The Pentlands are also quite good for mountainbiking.

    Nice pics BTW
     
  7. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Aye, me too. I'm not quite at the stage of 'weeping in butcher's shops' but I am strangely and incrementally going off meat. I could quite happily eat any and every fish, though, so I'm not worried about a lack of protein (or even my aforementioned double standard!)
     
  8. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Was that a Withnail reference?
     
  9. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Absolutely no road sense lambs. They quite often end up on the other side of the road to mum and as you approach in car or bike they make a mad dash for mum. Go past them slow and wide if they're on the road.
     
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    We had one brought in from the RSPCA, found "abandoned" near Ulverston by feckwit ramblers.

    She made a good pet lamb though. She needed bottle feeding and grew up with five dogs, she thought she was one, she'd be in the house and on the dog sofa all curled up with them after a hard day running around being a dog.

    She's still going strong but has grown out of being a dog. She'll be about 9 or ten now with a fair set of horns.
     
  11. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    awwww! i love lambs. i always feel guilty coz i like eating them too :smile:

    they look at me through the fence when i cycle to work with their big ears sticking out. they look like shaun (the sheep, not admin :smile:)
     
  12. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Don't feel guilty. A male lamb has 3 'options'. If they come froma good bloodline, and show promise, they might get to be a breeding ram. But you only need one per flock (if that, you could use AI), so that's rare. The leftovers get castrated (and are called wethers) and are good for two things only - wool and meat. Fleeces prices are a joke they are so low, as I understand it, so unless they are a special rare breed, they're not going to be worth keeping beyond a first shearing. And that only leaves meat. And since you can't choose to have just ewe lambs, the boy are going to end up killed anyway, you might as well do it when they are fattened and eat them...

    Ewe lambs might have more chance of going for breeding, or milk, if it's a specialist farmer, but they can't keep them all...

    There wouldn't be sheep in this country if we didn't eat them, they aren't native.

    My friend has a tiny flock of Shetlands, and she's had 7 or 8 lambs in the last month. A couple might replace the older breeding stock and she might increase her herd size by one or two, but I think most will end up as chops having given their first fleece (she spins her own, so isn't so bothered about getting a price for the wool), and very good chops they are too.
     
  13. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Aye!
     
  14. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Very informative post, Arch, has certainly taught me a thing or two!
     
  15. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Glad to be of service!:biggrin:

    Now then, do you want to know about the rubber bands and what they are used for?:biggrin:

    Probably not, since you're a chap...