Celebrating 50 Years of the Lleyn Sheep Society in 2020

Flock Features from Wales

Using Lleyn to Produce Females for a Commercial Closed Flock

Jacob Anthony, T Anthony & Sons, Cwm Risca Farm, Tondu, Bridgend

Jacob.jpgJacob concluded with “I think the Lleyn is stand alone in terms of its adaptability to suit any system, but what really sets it apart is the mothering ability.  By having a Lleyn influence in your sheep it easily allows you to keep your own breeding replacements for your flock.  It helps bio-security as it reduces the need to buy females, allowing a closed flock”. Read more [HERE]

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Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Glynllifon, Flock 2577

12120146_1661938664047775_8192141776598014353_o.jpgThe flock is split into A & B with A being the nucleus flock which comprises of the ‘best ewes’ which are tupped with quality registered Lleyn rams purchased from the Society sale at Ruthin.  “Breeding our own replacements ensure they are fit to thrive here at Glynllifon” says Rhodri.  When selecting a ram EBV’s are considered but stronger emphasis is always on teeth and physical correctness.  Flock B are very much commercial, these run with Texel, Charollais and Charmoix rams to produce a killing lamb which is sold direct to slaughter.  The data received back from the abattoir enables analysis of grades, growth rates and effectiveness of the terminal sires.  Read more [HERE]

Anthony Williams (2).JPGBeltex & Lleyn in Perfect Harmony

Anthony & Jane Williams, Llwyncelyn Farm, Llywel, Trecastle

Anthony Williams become known to the Society after very kindly supplying two Lleyn ewes with four Beltex sired lambs for the promotional stand at NSA Welsh Sheep in May 2017.  The sheep in the pens drew much attention hence I decided to visit Anthony and find out how he is utilising the Lleyn in his commercial system.  Read more [HERE]

Lleyn Ram.pngLleyn - The Crossing Ram

Dave Mantle, Glaisf Isaf, Llangynidr, Crickhowell

So far Dave is happy with the results of his experiment.  The Lleyn lambs were generally easily lambed.  Dave describes how they got up to weight in good time and after advertising the lambs on Facebook, he had them all sold in one day.  Dave is considering pulling the ewe lambs out in the future and breeding from them.  Read more [Here]

Colin & Julie Price"A Good Honest Commercial Ewe"

Colin & Julie Price – Flock 1757

Colin & Julie Price farm at Felindre Farm, Upper Chapel near Brecon.  They farm approximately 200 Lleyn ewes and 50 ewe lambs.  You have probably noted them recently standing out from the crowd with their ewe lambs at Society sales.   Read more [Here]

Huw Jones Lleyn Rams FeatureThe Lleyn Ram, a Crossing Ram that is proving Multi-Purpose

Huw Jones, Tal Y Glannau, Mallwyd, Machynlleth Flock 1875

The family first got into Lleyn in 2005 when they bought Lleyn rams to put over their poorer Welsh ewes.  They had previously been using terminal sires but had struggled with lambing difficulties.  They found the Lleyn x lambs were much easier lambed hence fewer losses but still produced a useful carcase lamb.  The ewes were going away with two lambs that could then be finished off grass, this suited their system well.  Read more [Here]

WJ & DJ Williams

The Future Looks Bright for the Lleyn Breed

WJ & DJ Williams, Bodtacho Ddu, Nefyn, Flock 350

For those of you who regularly attend Society sales in the autumn you will be familiar with the name WJ & DJ Williams and the Tacho flock. This flock has become renowned for producing quality ewe lambs and this was echoed by winning the related class at Skipton, Welshpool, Carmarthen, Ruthin and Exeter. He walked away with the champion ram at Ruthin, Skipton and Exeter.   Click [Here] to read more


Williams12.jpgMaking more from less: the Lleyn + Hampshire Down combo

If you would like to improve your sheep unit’s efficiency, then Mike and Marie Williams have a dual solution. Introducing the Lleyn as their flock damline has enabled them to establish a closed flock resulting in output improving by over 20% and minimising health risks. Furthermore, introducing high genetic merit Hampshire Down rams to the bottom end of the flock has proved complementary, helping to produce faster finishing lambs for an earlier market, thereby freeing up grass and making cost savings. [More]


Lleyn at its best in a Commercial System

Hugh Edwards, Fferm, Ruthin, Denbighshire

The year of 2001 brought with it many changes. We all know it was the year of the dreaded foot and mouth. Up until then we had operated as a flying flock of 2000 plus ewes mostly mules and crossbreds. These were bought annually from Welshpool and Bishops Castle. The lambs from these ewes were sold fat with the ewes sold at the same time.  [More]



A breed of sheep that works with a simple low input system is a priority in the sheep enterprise of David, Jane and Marc Jones who farm Trefnant Hall, Berriew, Welshpool .Marc purchased the farms first 150 Lleyn ewes at Ruthin in 2009, and a further 90 privately in 2010. He completed a Hybu Cig Cymru Scholarship in 2009 which involved study in New Zealand . He was impressed with the low maintenance; outdoor lambing systems used out there and could see how the Lleyn could help him replicate these practices in Wales [More]

Hugh_1.jpgIt's Black & White with the Lleyn and Suffolk! 

Originally we had planned to have only a small pure Lleyn flock about 25% with another 25% going to the Suffolk and 50% of our flock would be Suffolk cross Lleyn. This has not happened, simply because the pure bred Lleyn lambs have exceeded our expectations. [More]

Wells_1.jpgRoyal Welsh Show Champions

Whenever anyone talks about the Royal Welsh, one flock sticks with me “Wells Flock 575”. The Wells Family, Helen, Roger, Edward and Lorna won the Championship with their shearling ram at the 2010 show, they also won in 2008 and had best opposite sex to the champion in 2009 so they appear to be the team to beat. They breed their champions on their small holding where at present they have 45 breeding ewes.[More]

Arfon_1.jpgLleyn & Blue Texel working Together in North Wales

The Lleyn has always served us well. We started after I went to Gaerwen market to buy some females and there happened to be a Lleyn sale. I bought 15 Lleyn ewe lambs and we developed the flock from there. The Lleyn is an exceptional dam breed bringing together strong maternal characters and longevity and the Blue Texel is a particularly good match as a terminal meat sire on the Lleyn. [More]

Bennett_1.jpgLleyn in Mid Wales – Bennett Family

The sheep have always been important at Tyn-y-Coed and, over the years, different breeds of sheep were tried. In the mid 1990s, Alun became interested in Lleyn as they were building a reputation for easy management and could be run as a closed flock, with home-bred replacements, which allowed flock improvement and a high health status. [More]

Rhys_1.jpgLleyn on the Edge of the Denbighshire Moors

With a full-time job as a local authority land agent, Rhys Davies needs to keep his sheep flock as easy to manage as possible. Equally, he does not want to compromise on quality and believes strongly in the value of figures offered by a leading flock recording scheme. [More]

Wynne_1.jpgBreeding Quality - The key to commercial success

"Over the years the issues of size and limited genetics have been dealt with and the Lleyn is a medium sized ewe that consistently gives us 200 per cent lambs reared over ewes tupped. The size, length, and general conformation of the lambs have also improved. We are selling pure Lleyn tup lambs at 40 to 45kg liveweight and could take them heavier if the market required. [More]

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