With the ongoing tough conditions and depressed wool prices it is even more important to maximise returns on the farm. A Finn/Merino first cross ewe will provide higher value wool and when mated to a meat sheep will produce lambing percentages over 200%.
Consider these points
Your first cross ewe will have twins or triplets and raise them with ease.
Pure Finns have small born but vigorous lambs and are very protective mothers.
Wool quality will not suffer with Finns. The unique softness is a real plus. Wool prices of first cross Finns has sold at a higher price than first cross Border/Merino. If we had the scope (i.e land available to carry large numbers of Finns) we believe there would be an excellent niche market in fine wool – not unlike fine wool Merinos.
Short tail and clean breach:
As well as clean face and legs Pure Finns have a naturally clean breach and a short tail that doesn’t require docking.
Because Finns carry their fat around their internal organs (probably for protection from cold in Finland) and not sub cutaneously the meat is lean, sweet and quite unique. The bone out percentage is over 50%.
You don’t need a dog with Finns. If handfed they will come when called. I have no problems entering our ram paddock (25 rams) even with a bucket as they are not aggressive towards people.
Long breeding season:
Finns are fertile for many months of the year. A low ram to ewe ratio can be used as Finn rams are enthusiastic breeders that can be used at a rate of 1 ram to 100 ewes.
History Of The Breed
Finnsheep are one of the oldest sheep breeds in the world having been farmed in the Nordic countries for over 400 years. In Finland the sheep are generally run in quite small flocks, with 3 distinct colours – white, black & brown. Some farmers specialize in 1 colour with 1 lovely grey stud farm.
We visited the biggest flock in Finland at Pelso Prison 500kls north of Helsinki. The sheep are shedded for 8 months of the year and are shorn before they go into the sheds & again when they come out.
Finns are multiple lambing sheep with triplets being very common. We have had quads and quins, and recently a NSW breeder had 6 Finns born.
Finns have a very calm temperament, and we always say they can count because they seem to “check their lambs” regularly.
- Finn rams $600 to $800
- Finn ewes $800
- Cross bred ewes from $400
- Cross bred Black rams $400
- Semen straws available – $65.00 in Australia $75.00 overseas