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1 how to weigh sheep on Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:38 am

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I am selling 3 ram lambs that are ready to butcher (9 months old) and I was wondering how do i estimate their weight, I have someone interested but they want to know their weight? Does anyone have any tricks? I do NOT have any form of a scale that will work.

Also I am asking $250 each or take all 3 for $600, I did this so that someone wouldn't buy 2 and then i would have one all by its self. They are raised organically, no vaccinations or dewormer, raised on hay/grass, is this a fair price?

Thanks for your input Very Happy

2 Re: how to weigh sheep on Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:04 am

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What kind of sheep are they?

As for weights, Usually 30% - 40% of the live weight is what you get for most animals once dressed.

3 Re: how to weigh sheep on Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:27 am

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The guy wants to know their live weight so i just want to estimate it.

They are a wool sheep Columbia X Hampshire

4 Re: how to weigh sheep on Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:30 am

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The only way I know of if you don't have a scale is lift what you can in a known weight, then go and see if they weigh close or if you can't lift them. That is what we did before we bought a scale, would just be an estimate but give them an idea. Wooly breeds can be deceiving to look at, bigger than they actually are, so hands on and lifting is the best.


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5 Re: how to weigh sheep on Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:16 pm

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If you have a bathroom scale, you can take it out side on a flat solid ground and weigh yourself. Then pick up the sheep and weigh yourself and the sheep together. Then, subtract your single weight from your combined weight and there you have it!
Other than this, I have no other ideas for you.
As far as if your price is good or not, It all depends on what the market is like in your area. There is usually prices for breeding stock and then there is meat prices. However, meat prices are based on the live weight and processed weight, which you need to know I'd say!

6 Re: how to weigh sheep on Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:27 pm

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Sask sheep board prices right now are 1.87 for 96-115 lb. and 2.10 for 81-95 lb. lambs. Yours likely will be over the 115 pound range as they are a two large breed cross; at that point over 115 pounds the buyers start dropping the price per pound, but I think your asking price is still fair, they would be only be getting more dressed meat off under year old lambs and it is organic.

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7 Re: how to weigh sheep on Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:36 pm

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Good news, I don't have to worry about weight. All 3 are sold to an organic meat shop Very Happy
Although I am sad they are going, i will miss them.

8 Re: how to weigh sheep on Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:22 pm

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Sounds like you need to get yourself a couple ewes, lol.

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9 Re: how to weigh sheep on Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:27 pm

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shadowridge wrote:Sounds like you need to get yourself a couple ewes, lol.
LOL Well i usually jump into the pile with both feet so this time i thought i would try bottle feeding a few to see how i liked them. I agree i need some ewes now Very Happy

10 Re: how to weigh sheep on Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:58 am

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Thats good you sold them! I hope you got what you wanted for them. Now it's time to start the cycle all over again! cheers

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