The Lleyn Ewe
Lleyn sheep originate from the lleyn peninsula in Wales and until recently were a relatively unfamiliar breed of sheep in the UK.
Over the past 10 years the Lleyn breed has caught the eye of many farmers, and now Lleyn sheep can be found almost all over the Country
The Lleyn has many attributes. Read on to find out more!
The Lleyn ewe is renowned for her tremendous mothering ability, ease of lambing, longevity and prolificacy (with flocks regularly rearing 200%)
The major cost in producing a lamb is the upkeep of its mother. Hardy, prolific and thrifty Lleyns are unmatched in the sheep world for their low input high output productivity.
Pure bred male lambs are no by-product of this predominantly female breed, with grade sheets returning primarily U's & R's at 3L in the 18 to 20kg dead weight range. Crossing a Lleyn ewe with a Terminal Sire will result in premium quality lambs & can compliment any Terminal Sire Breed.
Running a closed flock introduces the ultimate level of tracebility to all prime lambs, which is undoubtedly a major issue in the future of prime lamb production
Lleyns have been found to be well suited to organic production with low demand on limited forage, little feed inputs required and what appears to be a natural tolerance to worms
Opting for a high health bio-security conscious closed flock is becoming increasingly common as flockmasters reassess their breeding programs
One of the outstanding features of the Lleyn is its ability to simultaneously produce both quality prime lambs and pure or half-bred commercial ewes. This rare benefit offers the commercial farmer the facility to run a closed nucleus flock from which they can breed replacements and thus reduce costs and maintain a disease free flock
Lleyn rams are an ideal way to inject maternal traits, fertility and hybrid vigour back into breeding ewes. They are also becoming popular for crossing onto hill and lowland ewes to produce a quality prime lamb or to produce a Lleyn cross female replacement, that carries the qualities of the Lleyn ewe.
If you are looking to bring your commercial flock in line with the demands our industry now puts on sheep production, or if you want to become part of the fastest expanding sheep breeds in the UK, let a Lleyn ewe speak for herself, on your farm.