Feature Lleyn Flocks
Texel tups used on Lleyn ewes to produce cross-bred prime lambs
For Lleyn breeder David Knowles, the use of terminal sires on pure-bred and cross-bred ewes has paid dividends.
Using a Texel on about a third of the farm’s pedigree Lleyn flock provides cross-bred prime lambs, breeding ewes and has real benefits in added flexibility for pedigree breeding says Lake District farmer
Lleyn living with the floods and tides!
John Kingan, Laneside Farm, Troqueer, Dumfriesshire, Flock 1615
John has been farming at Laneside Farm on the South West coast of Scotland since 1985. In 2002 he moved into Lleyn when he purchased some ewes and rams from Carlisle and Skipton Society sales. He moved into Lleyn as they were MV Accredited, he could keep a closed flock hence control the health status of the flock. John says “I was told they would be good mothers that just get on with the job”.
Lleyn perform as well as Scottish Blackface in the Scottish Highlands
ewe with Lleyn x lambSRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, at Kirkton & Auchtertyre farms near Crianlarich in Scotland, has received funding from the Scottish Government (RESAS) for the past 5 years to look at performance differences between breeds of sheep within one of our flocks, consisting of 300 Lleyn and 600 Scottish Blackface ewes
Doe Hill, Morpeth in the North of England is the home of a sheep enterprise which makes the best of the maternal qualities of the Lleyn ewe whilst working alongside terminal sires.
Kris Gray has been farm manager at G.N. Potts & Son since October 2012. All the shepherding is done by Kris and his partner Maggie. The 650 area Northumberland farm carries 550 ewes, comprising 360 Lleyn, 40 Beltex x Lleyn, 120 Beltex x Lleyn ewe hoggs and 150 Hexham type Blackface. There is also a herd of 130 suckler cattle.
Kris first came across the Lleyn when he started working at Doe Hill. “I had never worked with Lleyn before but I have found them easy to work with” says Kris. Kris found that the Lleyn works well alongside the cattle.