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.
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.
Our flock is now MV Test-Negative!
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.
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.
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