- Crossing Potential
The Dalesbred can produce a valuable crossed lamb as well as providing reliable pure bred replacements. Crosses such as that of the Dalesmule, Masham and continentals can play a key part in the breeding sheep up and down the UK, as well as providing a quality carcass lamb, also profitable when sold.
Dalesbred sheep are long lived, capable of rearing strong lambs for many years even in harsh fell environments, due to being a reliable strong hardy sheep.
The Dalesbred provides an excellent carcass suitable for breeding commercial ewes while still maintaining a valuable whether lamb carcass which is suitable for today’s market. With her excellent conformation comes weight too.
The Dalesbred is prolific and is an excellent mother. She is milky and will rear twins with little problems. Her lambs are vigorous and strong, and little lambing assistance required.
The Dalesbred is designed for hill farming and therefore can cope with harsh environments and weather conditions.
- Conservation schemes
Dalesbred sheep are a native breed and therefore qualify for certain conservation schemes. They are a hill breed so are suitable for the areas of harsh roughage often found in the scheme environments.
- Quality Rams
All registered rams are inspected thoroughly by society markers. These are then crowned and tagged with an association tag to allow them fit for purpose and sale.
Dalesbred wool is dense often weighing 1.5 to 3 kg. The wool is used mainly in the carpet making industry with a small amount going to the Tweed makers.