We've tried, but her wool is very coarse, and matts up really bad once it reaches 3 inch staple length, so now we just throw it on the garden as mulch. East friesian wool is usually regarded as carpet wool...now i know why! Primarily we milked her, and kept the lambs for meat, but the wool was not really in the picture. We had other sheep we used for wool.She is a pretty silvery color. Do you do anything with her wool?
Aside from the ewe in the photos earlier (her name is Carmen), we don't have any other sheep. They were all rehomed, and she's the last.I raise Katahdin hair sheep. No shearing!
Do you have other sheep?
Reminds me of the East Friesians(EF); mugging for copper-free horse treats and scratchies. The Icelandics were muggers too but more aggressive. The EFs might shove my hand around with their noses and lean against me, but the Icelandics were prone to that and hoof-pawing, nibbling, butting, chewing on clothing, jumping on me, and in some cases the springy-agile lambs riding me piggy back across the field. If only there had been someone back at the barn with thier phone to snap a shot of that scene!! God forbid they (the sheep) would have known how to drive, it would have been a hit-and-run mugging, mexican-gang-style! And the Icelandic rams were nothing to triffle with. The EFs were comatose by comparison.Katahdins grow in a short wool coat for the winter and shed it out in the summer. It has no value, but wads of it are good for scrubbing water buckets. LOL
I like their temperament. The ewes become pets, mugging for animal crackers and attention. The rams range from friendly to standoffish. Some turn out to “ramish” but I haven’t had one like that. I have a young ram I’m raising now for a flock sire and just bought another one. So fat, so good.
Fat makes meat tender so super lean would be tougher. However, if they were very high strung, that might have been the real reason why the meat was tough. I have heard that slaughtering a high-strung animal or slaughtering an animal under stress makes the meat tough.lean and sweet! It tended to be tuff though, regardless of age.