We have been performance recording our stud sheep flocks since their inception and find that by selecting for certain traits in these flocks we can influence the performance of our commercial flocks.
Like our crossbred ewes our stud flocks are HISHA accredited and are also MV accredited and every ram we sell is inspected prior to sale by our vet.
Rams from the purebred flocks are sold both at our annual on-farm ‘Great from Grass’ ram sale which takes place in August each year. This is without doubt one of the highlights of the farm calendar year and we look forward to welcoming customers and friends back for what has turned into an enjoyable social occasion.
Surplus females are available from time to time.
Starting with just four ewes as a 21st birthday present for John this flock now numbers 220 ewes which for over twenty years have been bred with a very commercial focus. We are looking for the type of ewe that will breed a ram lamb that will grow into a shearling with shape and length whilst also breeding a ewe lamb that will develop into a ewe with appropriate maternal characteristics. From early on in our Texel breeding program we have performance recorded our flock which is now has one of the highest average indexes in the country.
Current stock sires include Brijon Yukon purchased in Kelso 2017 for £7000 where he was champion, Incheoch Yannis, Incheoch Wildfire, Blackadder Wellington and we use some of our best ram lambs every year.
Our 30-ewe Beltex flock was founded to complement the Texel flock and offer our ram buyers an alternative type of tup.
Over the years the flock has been developed successfully from a small nucleus, with Cowers Lane Beryl, an influential female in the flock’s foundation and ongoing development, having bred a number of excellent female progeny which now form the backbone of the flock.
As with the other breeds the Beltex tups are sold from home and at our annual sale, having historically been sold at local markets and the main breed sale at Carlisle.
Highlights for the flock include the Carlisle sale in 2004 when six tups were sold to average £2200.
In recent years sires have been selected with the aim of adding size and power to the flock, with Callacrag Ruben being particularly successful and influential. This Clary Prankster son was bought at Carlisle in 2012 and has been shown successfully, collecting the interbreed title at Nairn and the breed championship at Black Isle Show.
It’s unlikely that you are going to run a Beltex ram with 100 ewes but if its shape and killing out % you’re after the Beltex ram is hard to beat.
Founded with 100% New Zealand genetics our Suffolk and Sufftex flocks are long and fast, the rams they produce have an impressive work ethic and like many of the rams we produce can cover up to 100 ewes in a season. Current stock sires are homebred, we are in the process of bringing in new sires from one of the best flocks in New Zealand.
We are the Scottish breeding partner of Aberfields for Innovis breeding sheep, producing rams for our on farm sale, other on farm sales and privately. It’s still early days with this new breed which is a composite derived from the Texel and the Blue faced Leicester but they are really impressing us so far.
They are prolific, maternal and hold their flesh well through the winter whilst producing an ideal prime lamb when crossed with one of our terminal sires.
This flock is very much in its infancy, at this stage we are breeding shearling rams for our own use and building up purebred numbers on our unit in Sutherland and at Morangie and Tarlogie near Tain. It is our intention to start selling both breeding females and ram once we have surplus that enables us to do so.
Foundation ewes have been purchased from some of the best flocks in the north whilst our current rams in use include those purchased from Joyce Campbell at Armadale and Jason and Victoria Ballantyne at Clynliesh.