Celebrating 50 Years of the Lleyn Sheep Society in 2020

Flock Features from Southern England

The Modern Malling Flock uses Lleyn Gold and Twitter

Alan & Chris cropped.jpgThe Malling flock of Lleyn sheep was established in 1989.  With us then both working full time, myself as a lecturer in agriculture and Christine as a primary school teacher, ease of management was a very important consideration, in addition operating on all rented permanent pasture, with no buildings available, made an outdoor lambing flock the obvious option. Read more [HERE]

The Lleyn Ticks all the boxes for Young Couple


The livestock enterprise of Manor Farms East Marden, a family farm is run by young couple Dominic & Bethan Klinkenberg.  Dominic is full time on the farm while Bethan shares her time on the farm, with looking after their daughters Isla, 2 years old and new baby Edith as well as running a successful wedding florist business.

Bethan sums up with “The Lleyn is an ewe which we can both handle, she produces marketable lambs and she provides us with the additional option of selling replacements easily.  The Lleyn ticks all the boxes for us”. Read more [HERE]

MV Accredited Lleyn - The Way Forward

P1010452.JPGMichelle and Howard used to have a very good flock of crossbred sheep, selling up to 1.8 lambs a ewe, but then disaster struck when it was found they had Maedi Visna. They had been keeping a very young flock, lambing ewe lambs and culling older ewes, as the cull ewe price was good; the system seemed to make sense. Unusually, diagnosis of MV was made before there were obvious symptoms such as high ewe mortality, low lambing percentage and lambs not finishing. There were a number of thin ewes but there was usually a 'reasonable' reason, such as the ewe being old, having poor teeth etc. ‘We are all very good at rationalising that we don’t have a major problem. After our catastrophe, I now think everyone should check a number of poor/cull ewes for diseases such as MV. I wish we had done it sooner!’ Read more [HERE]

IMG-7107.JPGLleyn - The Chef's Choice

Steve & Ryan, Trewithick Farm, Breage, Cornwall Flock 2496

All of our lamb is marketed through our own brand ‘The Cornish Lamb Co’. We do 2-3 farmers markets per week as well as lamb boxes by post and whole carcasses into chefs, restaurants and butchers. Lambs are taken to a minimum of 45kgs, but often nearer 50kgs to give us a minimum 22kgs carcass. The restaurants and local butchers love our grassfed Lleyn and Lleyn crossbred lambs due to their amazing flavour, texture and the perfect fat cover. We also lamb some Dorsets in November/December and the chefs can tell the difference when we change from Dorset to Lleyn lamb. Read more [HERE]

P1010706.jpgDavid & Cathy Evans Flock 150

Ewe lambs are kept and, when shearlings, some are retained as flock replacements but the rest are sold through the Society Sales (mainly at Exeter) along with a small number of carefully selected registered rams. Most (castrated) ram lambs are sold to Jaspers at 40 kg minimum weight. In 2017, 14% were U, 86% R; 82% were 3L; 18% 3H. In addition, some meat lambs are sold to local pub/restaurants, where their quality and flavour are appreciated. Read more [HERE]

Shelagh & Martyn LonglyLleyn in the Heart of Dartmoor - Success in a Challenging Environment

Shelagh & Martyn Longly, Dury Farm, Devon Flock 01718

Like so many of the most beautiful places in the British Isles, Dartmoor is a challenging environment for those who live and work there and, not least for their livestock.

Read more [Here]


PR Caunter30 Years of Lleyn at Stonehills

 P.R. Caunter, Stonehills Farm, Harbertonford, Flock 380

Phillip Caunter has lived and farmed at Stonehills (near Totnes in South Devon) all his life; he is fourth generation on this farm and can trace his agricultural roots back to nearby Dartmoor. He feels strongly that this family history means that 'sheep are in my DNA' and that 'I am a custodian of the land I farm'.  Read more [Here]


Robin & Emma 005.JPGLleyn with a commercial focus in North Devon

Robin Irwin’s grandparents purchased Lower Kingstree Farm, near the picturesque village of Kings Nympton in North Devon, in March 1942. The area is renowned for its sheep (and its rainfall). The farm is north/east facing. It consists of 150 acres of grassland and 30 acres of woodland situated at 500 – 700 ft above sea level with a predominantly clay loam soil. Robin and his wife, Emma, now own a further 50 acres and take summer grass keep on another 50 acres. [More]


Maximising Output from Reduced Inputs

Pure Lleyns + Hampshire Down cross lambs + forage management

If you are seeking to maximise output from fewer inputs, then Matt Geen has a simple, three pronged solution. Firstly, he is dedicated to breeding and rearing volumes of high genetic merit, low maintenance Lleyn ewes for the commercial market place. He is exploiting the bottom half of the flock’s potential by crossing those ewes with complementary performance recorded Hampshire Down sires to produce fast finishing, quality lamb for a quick cash flow. Last yet not least, he is finding these genetics are enabling him to minimise inputs by maximising the use of homegrown forage. [More]


Building a Commercially Viable Farm From Scratch

Despite not having any farming in their blood, Adam and Amanda Cheesmur were absolutely determined to have a proper, commercially-viable farm. That they succeeded in less than 10 years, starting from scratch, is a tribute to their resolve. [More]

Sayer_1.jpgQuality Lleyn on the South Devon Cliffs

The Carswell Flock (Flock 284) was established almost 30 years ago and has been one of the premier flocks in the West Country ever since, setting quality standards in the show ring, in promotional exhibitions and at Exeter and Ross Society Sales. [More]

Ford_1.jpgA Flexible System with Early Lambing

As they got older, the Fords began to find the Suffolks to be hard work. They had read about Lleyn and met several enthusiastic breeders at NSA Sheep SW. Their positive views led to the purchase of 20 ewes at the first Exeter Society sale in 2000 from Gwyn Anthony (Flock 91), supplemented by ewes from Jo Hynes, Cathy Evans and Hefin Llwyd. The aim was to buy medium sized ewes for keeping economically, with tight fleeces and small ears (a personal preference) . They were an instant success – easy lambing, low cost to keep, easy to handle [More]

Crudge_1.jpgLleyn in Devon

Before 2000, the Crudges had mostly North Country Mules which they crossed with Texel. Retaining their ewe lambs and putting them again to the Texel gave excellent carcases but the lambing percentage was getting lower and lower. They desperately didn’t want to go back to buying in ewes on an annual basis, being worried about the risk of disease. [More]

Cameron_1.jpgLleyn - A good choice on the Somerset Levels

Like most sheep farmers, I need to ensure that my enterprise is profitable; for me one of the key drivers is to produce as many lambs as possible.I was looking for a lighter ewe, one that milks well and, when crossed with a suitable terminal sire, will produce twin 38 kg finished lambs off grass; and, if allowed, the lambs will grow on to perhaps 45 kg without getting over-fat, to supply the hoggett trade that is usually good in those lean early months of the New Year. [More]

Starr_1.jpgLleyn in North Devon - Jenny Starr

Why did Jenny choose Lleyn? She had farmed Mules, which she regards as good sheep, but they were getting bigger, becoming harder to handle and needing high feed inputs. She considered a variety of types of sheep but a ‘must’ was to be able to breed pure, so that she could generate her own flock replacements, reducing replacement costs and minimising the threat of disease. The sheep also needed to be physically smaller [More]

Stephens_1.jpgAlan and Karen Stephens - Lleyns in the Cornwall

The first lambs are sold at the end of May or beginning of June and batches are sold as they are ready from then till the end of the year. Alan has found the carcase quality remarkably good. Overall, in 2007, 97.5% of the lambs graded U and R with 95% being 3L or 2L. Average carcase weight was 19.4 kg. [More]

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