History of the Flock - Why keep Lleyn Sheep?
The changeover took place in 2003/4 and has proved successful. There was an initial concern that the pure bred Lleyn wethers and non-selected Lleyn ram lambs would not finish easily and not command good prices in the market. These concerns were unjustified as the conformation of the pure bred Lleyn lambs is remarkably good. When crossed with the Charollais the meaty lambs sell well and there have been several enquiries for cross bred ewe lambs for breeding.
The Lleyns have helped towards a lower input system of management. They forage well and keep condition well off even poorer quality grass. They are prolific and good mothers with a plentiful supply of milk and they take to the ram with very few stragglers when tupped in early October.
The opportunity to grow towards a totally closed female flock was another advantage and this has now been achieved. Now, the purchase of good rams will be needed from time to time to provide new bloodlines and improve the quality. In this way the risk of bringing in new health problems can be minimised.