At Culland Hall Farm, we always start with the premise that we are looking to breed an animal that will meet the requirements of the demanding commercial farmer. This means that our sheep, including our rams are purely grass fed. This includes all the fat lambs, which we can easily take up to 20-22kg dwt. for R3L. We lambing at the end of March, over 2 cycles, and in normal weather years, fat lambs are finished on the farm by year end on grass or with additional haylage in an early winter. Before the first ram lambs goes to slaughter, they are carefully screened to identify the best to be kept for sale the following season. We are using a combination of closely monitored performance recording EBVs such Maternal, Scan weights, Muscle depth, Proliferacey and Worm Resistance, in addition from closely followed growth data for both male and females. Ram lambs short listed for sale as breeding animals the following year will continuously be monitored over the following 6-9 months, with further culling as required. From end August onwards shearling rams have access to “Ram buckets”.
Lambing is indoors, primarily for our convenience as everything is recorded and double tagged at birth. It also builds in a little flexibility if spring weather is particularly adverse, although when we have been caught out, it appears that it is the shepherd who is the most adversely impacted. The Lleyn lambs are tough and very resilient, being very quick to get to their feet and feed immediately after lambing, they have a reputation of being able to cope with outdoor lambing even in difficult weather.