Setting up a pedigree sheep flock is an idea I’d been toying with for quite some time, but this week I finally took the plunge.

The last few weeks have been spent busy registering with various government bodies and filling in paperwork to ensure I was ready for the Lleyn Society Sale at Carlisle on Thursday (24th September). I knew I wanted a pedigree breed that wouldn’t involve loads of extra work and would fit in well with the rest of the sheep stock already here on the farm, boxes that I feel the Lleyn ticks. Plus, it’s a good Welsh breed, so that’s always a plus!

My parents were up for the week to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, so on Thursday my Dad and I headed off to Borderway Mart in Carlisle. There were some fantastic pens of gimmers and lambs on show, but the vast majority of pens were far larger than I was looking for.

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Luckily, there were a few smaller pens of 5 and I managed to pick up these beauties. The 5 girls arrive in Dumfries and Galloway from the Llyn peninsula, the area of Wales that the breed originates from. While it is pretty cool to be starting the flock with some true Lleyns from Llyn, the area also shares a lot of aspects with this stretch of the Solway Coast they now call home, so I’m hopeful they will adapt to their new environment without too much trouble!

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We purchased a Lleyn tup, Brightonhouse Designer, at the Kelso Ram Sales earlier in the month, and he will run with the ewes in October and, all being well, we’ll be welcoming our first pedigree Lleyn lambs in February 2016.

The paperwork is now in the post to register with the Lleyn Sheep Society, so I’ll soon be able to share the flock prefix and a bit more info with you all!

Keep your eyes peeled on www.solwayshepherd.co.uk and my Twitter and Facebook feeds for all the latest updates.

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