Celebrating 50 Years of the Lleyn Sheep Society in 2020

North of England Flock Features

Beltex x Lleyn ewe with Beltex x lambs  (1).jpgLleyn working well with Beltex in Northumberland

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.  When the cattle are housed during the winter, the Lleyn can be moved on to their ground and can go through most of the winter without supplementary feeding.  He has found that the lambs appear to have a higher resistance to worms hence they require less dosing than some of the other breeds he has worked with.  Read more [Here]

David Knowles.jpgTexel 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, David Knowles. [More]


Lleyn flock wins top award for genetic progress

Sheep farmer Duncan Nelless has won the EBLEX Improved Flock Award for 2013 for the Lleyn breed. He farms at Thistleyhaugh Farm, near Morpeth in Northumberland. Organised through the Sheep Better Returns Programme, this award is presented to the English performance recorded flock that has shown the most impressive improvement in genetic merit over a 12-month period, within the breed. [More] 

Boow_1.JPGLleyn Sheep & Dairy Cattle working in Cumbria 

Prime lamb production based on pure Lleyn dams fits in well with running a high yielding pedigree Holstein herd on a farm in West Cumbria .Sheep are the best grassland tool you can have on a dairy farm. That is the simple philosophy of Cumbrian dairy farmer, Wilson Boow, and was the key factor leading to the establishment of a successful Lleyn based commercial sheep enterprise. [More]

Watson_1.jpgRuthless Streak Pays Off In Pursuit of Farm Profit

The Lleyn are easy to manage and held their own over 2007, despite the market disruptions caused by foot-and-mouth. So far this year we have 190 per cent lambs on the ground compared with ewes tupped so we are feeling hopeful.’ [More] 

Wilson_1.jpgLooking forward to a buoyant future lamb market

We aim to finish Beltex cross lambs at 40 kg to 42 kg liveweight and have found that, on our system, it is not worth trying to put on another 3 kg to hit 45 kg. The live auction system works well for us, and, overall, gives us better prices than if we sold on a deadweight basis. We also feel that it better, if possible, to sell lamb for 12 months of the year rather than for half the year.[More]

Lee_1.JPGLumbylaw Lleyn Sheep 

Robert Lee, who farms 1100acres with his wife Sally at Lumbylaw, Northumberland. Having experimented with various breeds and crosses, not to mention lambing dates over the past 15 years, this system that the couple believes will enable them to survive a future. 
"May-lambing Lleyns are more profitable because they don't have the input costs," explained Robert. [More]

Handley_1.jpgLleyn Influence Making a Big Impact on Cumbrian Hill Farm 

The Lleyn is revolutionising sheep production on a Cumbria hill farm. But father and son team of John and Mark Handley believe they still have their ace card to play as they capitalise on even more Lleyn genetics as part of a crossing programme underway in their flocks of Rough Fell and Herdwick ewes.It's 10 years since the first Lleyn tups were used on the Handley's 600-acres at Catholes, near Sedbergh. [More]


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