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ILE DE FRANCE SHEEP

I became impressed with the Ile de France breed of sheep in 2006.  They are a white sheep, and are used as the premium meat sire in France.   They are very heavilly muscled sheep and have recorded loin eyes as large as 4 - 5 square inches!   The are also out of season breeders regularly producing 3 crops of lambs in 2 yrs.  As an added bonus their lambing average is 1.8 on average, although prolificacy is somewhat lower out of season.  They are dual purpose sheep that are particularly excellent feed converters on pasture and have a nice tight top quality fleece.  I have found them to be very broody dams and very durable.  The lambs are born with a tight fleece to protect them from the elements.  They are very hardy sheep and produce a top notch fast growing, premium carcass.  The breed has been carefully and diligently performance tested to continue to produce uniform breed charcteristics for meat and maternal qualities.  I believe the IDF could easily replace the current most common breeds here in Canada.
In January '08 I purchased a ram lamb born in 2007 from John Barnett for $1500, the only purebred Registered breeder of IDF in Ontario at the time.   I was very impressed with his length, and width and so were the judges in the show rings when I was able to find the time to show.  I don't think I had ever seen a sheep more perfectly proportioned and so very well muscled.  We named him "Brutus" and he is registered at CLRC as such.  MOF 635 T.
In July '09 I purchased another 10 IDF at Barnett's dispersal sale in an effort to have enough unrelated lines to carry me through breeding pure for some time without heavilly inbreeding.  I currently have 3 ram lines to prevent inbreeding and increase Registered numbers.  For this reason unfortunately I won't have any ewe lambs for sale for the time being, but  a few ram lambs ocasionally.  I may import more embryos and semen in future (as John had done) to continue increasing numbers of this very valuable, hardy, dual purpose breed.

UPDATE!....2010...We now have 5 new January born ewe lambs (1 set of triplets) to add to the flock numbers. 
 
UPDATE....2011!
We have another 5 IDF Ewe lambs to add to the flock.  We had 2 sets of triplets born this year.  We have 5 Registered IDF Ram lambs born this spring for sale, but going fast!  We have a 2 yr old IDF Ram for sale.  Very impressive!
 
UPDATE.....2013!
Our flock is now MV Test-Negative!
 
UPDATE.....2014
We have now grown the IDF flock to ~50 Registered Ewes, allowing us to not only make Top Performing Registered Ram lambs available, and possibly some Registered ewe lambs.
This year, we are lambing the IDF's from April - May, thus will have lambs available beginning in July.  The ram lambs are averaging 1lb/day gains and selling FAST!
Only ram lambs that gain 1 lb/day + will be ram prospects, the rest go in the freezer.
Our top gaining IDF Ram lamb this year was 1.37lb/day!!  He sold for $1,000.00.  But not before he fathered a few lambs for us at 6 mos of age.
 
2015..........
We have some excellent top gaining IDF Ram Lambs available this year, and may be able to sell a few ewe lambs.

We lambed the pure IDF's in April, so the first lambs will be available starting in July.
 
We had 1 set of pure IDF Triplets born this year again!  2 ewes and a ram.  She is the perfect ewe; quiet and tame, very patient and mothery with her lambs, an excellent milker, long bodied and muscular.  She raised them on her own, despite my attempts to help for a couple of weeks during a transitional increase in feed types.
 
We also have some IDF/RV Ewe Lambs available this year.  First crop is available in July.  The next crop will be available in Oct and another crop in December.
The April-born IDF/RV Ewe lambs will grow large enough and be mature enough to be bred in December, lambing their first set of twins at 12 - 13 mos of age in May.  They will go on to rebreed after weaning and flushing and produce 3 crops every 2 yrs, and have excellent mothering and milking ability.  These are money making F1 ewes that will outperform most crossbreds.  A real steal at only $300 each!  With 100 lb meat lambs skyrocketing in price to $250 routinely this year, these ewe lambs may be a bit more expensive next year, so get yours this year at this steal of a price and put them to work making you more money!!
 
Did you know what the secret is to lamb production?  EXCELLENT MOTHERS!  These sheep have this in spades!  
 
 
 

EXPORTING LIVE SHEEP, EMBRYOS, SEMEN

I am an experienced sheep exporter and can arrange to have the breed of your choice exported to your country, upon request.
Please be aware that prices quoted here are for local sales and exporting prices can be significantly higher because of the many health protocols that must be adhered to for Health Certificates to the destination country as well as transportation.

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