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Anybody have experience with Columbia Sheep?
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screaminghollow    Posted 05-09-2003 at 11:48:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool fest last weekend and among the 50 or so breeds on display was this really big breed named Columbia. I've had four sheep, the first a registered romney wether, mean as could be, rammed everything in sight. Since then I've head three Shropshire cross little runts, all very manageable and even tempered. I'd like to try raising some Columbias

T Sherman    Posted 05-10-2003 at 03:37:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Years ago 25+ I had a columbia ram that we crossed with a flock of suffolks to try and increase wool production. Worked rather well. I was in N.C. several weeks ago and discovered a breed of sheep that I never heard of before. Doppler, covered with a hair-wool mix that sheds and doesn't need shearing as others. With the price of wool, shearing becomes a costly item unless you are into craft type wool production and uses.

RayP(MI)    Posted 05-12-2003 at 09:08:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
At $3.00 a haed, I can't complain about the cost of shearing! The gal who sheared ours is already hired for next year! For that matter, after the purchase of the clipper, the job looked pretty easy... Good wool is in demand. So don't shy away from wool production. Columbians are big critters - some in the 300# range! Sure make my little Shetlands look tiny.. Understand the males can be a bit ugly, and at that size, they have the backing to enforce it. I would stick to the smaller breeds. They do have nice dense wool however.

RN    Posted 05-10-2003 at 20:05:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Columbia- Big western range sheep- pre WW1 breeding program , ram maybe 300 lb. High wool/good meat dual purpose type. Watch out for Rambunctious ones, They are big enough to hurt. Check pens and fences, neighbor years back used to get western sheep to fatten in Iowa-Columbias included- weak fence sections found, sheep wander into fields and road. Dorper? Hair sheep- self shedding in summer. Developed S Africa 1930's- cross DORset+ Black head PERsian. Good meat breed- fast lamb growth, hardy, Missouri and Texas flocks selling breeders and meat. RN.

T Sherman    Posted 05-11-2003 at 04:23:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was on a tour of an old plantation home and the hostess was reading from a card that the farm was now raising sheep. She pronounced it doppler and I was able to associate it with the doppler radar. Maybe it was her Carolina accent that I couldn't understand as I live farther north. Pleased to learn the proper name for the sheep.

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