Our breeding system has a strong commercial focus, to produce the most profitable and productive rams. We breed and select our rams on a forage only outdoor lambing at the end of April and beginning of May, with the focus to produce high performing sheep from minimal inputs. Most of our grazing is in Higher Level Stewardship, with some silage aftermaths used for grazing lambs later in the season. We run two pedigree breeds, Hampshire Downs (27Z) and Lleyns (2616). Both flocks are performance recorded with Signet to identify and select the sheep with the top performing genetics. Our rams are breed to produce easy lambing, vigorous and fast growing lambs.
Our Hampshire flock is our terminal sire line. Along with ease of shepherding at lambing with highly vigorous lambs, the rams will also add value to finished lambs they sire. Our breeding objectives for the Hampshire’s are to add value through improved carcase value improving conformation and carcase weight while reducing costs and freeing up forage by reducing the days to slaughter of the lambs. We use ultrasound scanning and CT scanning to produce valuable carcase quality information.
We have rams entered into the RamCompare project where 27Z1700622 topped the 2020 results for days to slaughter across all breeds. Our Hampshire Down flock is one of the highest genetic merit in the country. We also like using the Hampshires as they colour mark the lambs, so we can easily pick out the commercial lambs.
Our Lleyns are our maternal line of sheep. The breeding objectives are a moderate size productive ewe that can utilize poor quality grazing. We use Estimated Breeding Values to select the sheep with the best genetics for prolificacy, milking ability, mature size, fertility and growth. We are looking to produce ‘curve bending’ sheep, that grow fast as lambs, but have a moderate mature weight so we can stock more ewes per hectare.
Based in the Lincolnshire Woleliever performance and profitabiltiyds, are leading breeders of performance recorded Hampshire Down and Lleyn sheep. Established in 1988 we have over 30 years experience of breeding Hampshire Down and Lleyn, a leading registered flock.
Our stock rams are available from July to view and buy, or alternatively we have semen available delivered to UK and overseas sheep breeders.
The Hampshire Down and Lleyn is an ideal ewe, quiet in nature, prolific, with great maternal instincts fitting into many situations. The breed’s versatility suits both lowland and upland grazing