I had a busy day at the NSA Ram Sale at Builth Wells yesterday.
I purchased a yearling Lleyn ram from Wynne Davies, Pwllheli. This ram has great length, good skin and a great head. He will be primarily used for breeding females.
I also purchased three Blue Texel ewes; two yearlings and one 3 year old. I now have 16 Blue Texel ewes and these are the foundation ewes of this new flock. The female bloodlines are strongly influenced by David Alexander’s Millside breeding, while the male bloodlines are from the breeding of Sue Andrews’s Miserden flock.
I have been impressed with my first Blue Texel lamb crop and this autumn I am putting a small number of Lleyn ewes to the Blue Texel tup to see what this cross will be like.
The sale season is well under way. Yearling rams and ewe lambs have been sold at Lleyn Sheep Society Sales at Exeter, Ruthin and Ross on Wye so far with the yearling rams averaging £945.00.
Ewe lambs have been sold off the farm to start pedigree Lleyn Flocks in Sussex, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and rams have gone to Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Sussex, Devon, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Cambridgeshire to name a few. Many customers are repeat customers with one person coming back for the 10th year.
I am selling ewe lambs and yearling rams on the 29th September at the Lleyn Sheep Society Sale at Welshpool. This will be my last sale of the season.
I am keeping all my Blue Texel ewe lambs to build up the flock and 2 ram lambs. One yearling ram, Millend Thunder Bold has been sold to Staffordshire and a couple of ram lambs are heading to commercial flocks in Herefordshire.
4 Blue Texel yearling ewes were purchased at the Blue Texel Sheep Society Sale at Worcester Livestock Market last Saturday. They come from the MAC flock of Heather McCurdie, Warwickshire. I bought a couple of yearling ewes from the same flock last year and they have done very well here at Bearwood during the past 12 months, lambing on their own and rearing their lambs off grass.