Wiltipolls Helpful Hints:
Ian and Loris collaborated on this piece…
WHICH ARE THE BENEFITS OF WILTIPOLLS? – All they need is vaccination, drenching when necessary, and a healthy diet. The following are the reasons why we started making Wiltipolls:
They shed cleanly, making them resistant to flies and lice.
They are easy to keep in their paddocks because they are homebodies.
The Wiltipoll is a breed that is easy to lamb and has a high lambing percentage (130-170 percent ).
The ewes are protective of their lambs and have a good mothering instinct.
EWES OF THE FIRST CROSS – make outstanding prime lamb mothers, delivering a lot of milk and having a good lambing percentage. When crossed with a wool breed, they do not shed as a first cross, but they are normally clean in the breech.
WILTIPOLLS ARE VERSATILE – Wiltipolls are used in a number of farming operations. They are an appealing alternative for meat production and grass control on smaller holdings due to their ease of management. Since they can finish on good dry pasture, they are well-suited to prime lamb production in the rangelands. They can be used in both arable and tropical environments due to their complete wool shedding and ability to withstand wet conditions.
QUALITY OF THE MEAT – The meat is of the highest quality, with a fine texture that contributes to tenderness. Lambs from the first and second crosses will weigh up to 60 kilograms and live for 10 to 11 months without putting on weight.
PROFIT – Charges for fly and lice control are eliminated, there are no shearing or crutching costs, and labor costs are reduced due to less management.
Wiltipoll Facts – Wiltipolls are big, easy-to-care-for sheep with a simple body that shed their wool once a year. They don’t need crutching or shearing and aren’t prone to fly strike, making them a good choice for small farms without shearing sheds. These sheep must contain at least 96.87 percent Wiltshire Horn genetics, shed their fleece fully once a year, and be polled. The ewes are seasonal breeders, but they make excellent mothers and have a high rate of multiple births. Under ideal conditions, Wiltipoll sheep can weigh up to 125 kg. Wiltipoll sheep (polled Wiltshire Horn) shed their wool once a year, resulting in lean, heavy lambs. They are a polled (hornless) breed bred for prime lamb production. Wiltipoll wool falls to the ground after being shed. The sheep’s energy is focused into meat and milk rather than wool as a result of this process. Shearing, crutching, mulesing, jetting, dipping, and docking of tails are not needed, making the breed very low maintenance. The Wiltipoll is immune to grass seed, fly, and lice, eliminating the need for pesticides and the painful practice of mulesing. All of this translates to lower costs and less effort. Wiltipolls have a high lambing percentage of 130-180 percent and are excellent mothers. They’re known for having multiple births, including twins and triplets. This reduces the number of ewes to handle and feed while increasing the amount of prime lamb available for sale. They raise prime lambs without laying down fat, resulting in extremely lean, high-quality meat. Since the Wiltipoll sheep are polled, they are easier to handle and have less bruising. Wiltipolls are suitable for small acreage owners and farmers who are unable to keep up with the workload associated with wool breeds. This breed is extremely hardy, surviving on rough, scrubby feed.