Flock Features from Northern Ireland

Lleyn - Lower Labour Costs

Edward Adamson, Killroot, Carrickfergus Flock 1759

Lleyns at Woodburn 2.JPGA small flock of sheep was always kept on the farm but after Stewart came home to farm the decision was made to cease dairy farming and the sheep flock was increased. Several breeds mostly maternal are kept with the Lleyn numbers constantly getting larger. As they do some farm contracting and with Edward’s role within the NSA they needed to have sheep breeds and system which was not too labour intensive. In general, they feel that the sheep of the future will need to be able to survive on lower labour requirements as the cost of labour is getting prohibitive, hard to find and unsustainable.  Read more [HERE]

IMG_1639.JPGLleyn - Performing Efficiently

John McKavanagh, Loughview Farm, Co Armagh

John McKavanagh from Castor Bay Road, Lurgan in Co Armagh has returned to farming after running a successful Garden Centre Business from the farmyard for almost 30 years. Here is his account of how his flock of Lleyn sheep has developed over the last four years. Read more [HERE]

Texel ewes with Lleyn x lambsManagement based on performance

Sheep flock at CAFRE Beef and Sheep Development Centre

Ewe productivity is one of the most important factors influencing flock profitability.  This is greatly affected by the number of lambs produced by a ewe and her ability to rear those lambs.  To enhance flock performance, replacement females must possess superior genetic potential to the ones they are replacing.  This can only be achieved by selecting females of known breeding potential.  To enable animals to achieve maximum genetic potential they must have high health status, and offered appropriate nutrition.  Read more [Here]

Russell MillenFour Years of Progress for a New Venture

Russell Millen, Knockmult Farm, County Derry Flock 2153

Russell Millen leads a busy life with a 35 hectare farm and a partnership in an agricultural construction business.

He decided to establish a sheep flock-but which breed would best satisfy his aims of easy care and a high stocking rate?  He was working on a farm where a small flock of Lleyn were being run with a terminal sire. It was on this farm that it was suggested that he should consider the Lleyn as a breed which would satisfy his aims.  Read how Russell got on [Here]


Fiona handbook picture 2.jpgFirst Lleyn sheep to be imported into Northern Ireland

That autumn we went to Wales and visited a few flocks in the North of the country.  We bought 11 ewe lambs and a ram lamb from the late Mr Ifor Roberts and the late Mr Pritchard Jones. One of the ewes from Robin Pitchard Jones became the foundation ewe of our flock for many years. We became members of the Lleyn Sheep Society and were allocated the Flock No: 239. [More]


Change of breed: A success story

Robert & Eileen Edwards, Manse Road , Carrowdore, Newtownards Flock 1513
Originally from Co. Donegal in Ireland , Robert and Eileen Edwards now farm on the Ards Peninsula in Co. Down, N. Ireland . Previously Robert & Eileen farmed the largest flock of pedigree Texels in the whole of Ireland . This situation has drastically changed and is now completely pure Lleyn!! [More]

Fraser_1.jpgNew Zealander Believes in Lleyn

From New Zealand to Co Down, Northern Ireland, one man has tried many a breed but has ended up with 100 pure bred Lleyn ewes and 25 ewe lambs. Malcolm Fraser farms 30 acres plus 12 acres in Conacre in Moneyrea, near Newtownards, Co. Down. [More]

Crosby_1.jpgLleyn Key to Success for Sheep Farmer of the Year

Northern Ireland sheep farmer, Crosby Cleland, has been awarded the prestigious Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year award.When the judging panel visited Crosby's Brookmount Farm, in Saintfield, County Down they were impressed with not only his business-like approach to sheep farming but also his progressive breeding strategy and contribution to industry improvement. [More]



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