The Jacobs were the staring point of the flock. Originally starting with 2 in 2007 they have grown to 43 breeding ewes consisting of some pedigree and the rest non pedigree. We cross the non pedigree ewes with our Berrichon tup to produce a tasty lamb for our lamb boxes. We keep Jacobs because they are really good mothers, easy to lamb and hardy.
North Country Cheviot
We started keeping Cheviots 5 years ago. We were looking for some ewes to build up our flock and we wanted something easy to look after and easy to lamb. We buy the ewes at around 5 years old, when they are too old to withstand being on the hills of Scotland. They thrive once they are on lowland grazing and we keep them for another three or four years. We cross these with our Berrichon tup to produce fat lambs for market, as well as cross bred breeding ewes which we have kept ourselves as replacements for the last few years and have sold in the breeding sales this year.
We introduced Herdwicks in 2013, these started off our lamb box business. They are the hardiest breed you will find and the best possibly to work with, They are brilliant mothers, lamb easy and rear lambs with very few problems. We produce pure Herdwick lambs, keeping the best back for breeding and the others go for our lamb boxes, Herdwick lamb is delicious.
We bought our first Berrichon tup 'Harry' in 2014. Up until this point we had only pedigree Jacobs and Herdwicks, this was the start of our commercial flock. The Berrichon tup has been a great addition to our flock, which we favour over the more popular fat lamb producing tups, like Texels and Beltex.
We have found that the Berrichon adds height and length to the short, deep chested Cheviots and when crossed with a Jacob, the lambs have a bulkier, more commercially desirable frame and a quicker maturing time.
Berrichon x Jacob
Berrichon x Cheviot