Merino Mule

“Mule” of course what we call the half-breed progeny of Bluefaced Leicester sire. Here is what a finewool mule looks like.

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2 thoughts on “Merino Mule

    • Hi Kathy! I like the composition for a commercial female very well. It solves the cons of using Suffolk rams on the finewool ewes- no black fibers in the fleeces, the lambs are finished at weaning and don’t need feedlotted, and good BFL rams don’t drop dead before their ewes are tupped. My merinos are quite high lustre, so I’m not sure if there is any change in that. I have noticed that the crimp style goes more helical, staple length increases, fiber diameter stays below 23 microns. While you don’t lose fleece weight because of the increased staple length, you do lose some density. Yield remains very high. I suppose you may get different results with other merino lines. Mine are John Jewell and Mendenhall composites. I like them too, because those sloppy wrinkles are gone, the ‘coyote butts’ level up nicely, they grow fast, that tube-sock udder suspension is dramatically improved and the ewe lambs breed and produce their first year… I’ll post some more merino/mule/fleece photos to this blog shortly.

      I sold two yearling rams to a friend in New Castle and he kicked them out with the flock alongside the Suffolk and finewool bucks- those stinkers sired more than 400 head of lambs! I’m not too surprised because I think a single BFL ram could breed every ewe in my flocks and then go take care of the neighbors’. The yearlings, in particular, are like that proverbial lecherous rooster- “Shhhhhhh, vultures!”

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