The Wiston flock - ewes
The flock of breeding ewes has plenty of indoor space during lambing and all barns have direct access to outside grazing. Shepherding has become easy with low input; Mastitis and foot problems are rare. From experience I know that Mastitis is highly hereditary and I culled ewes which had the disease and avoided keeping their female offspring.
On our light soil, which receives only small amounts of fertiliser, foot-rot is non-existent. The flock is synchronised and lambing takes place during one week in late February/early March. Only ewes bearing twins and triplets receive supplementary feeding from 6 weeks before lambing. In good weather ewes and lambs can go outside during the day and return to their barn in the afternoon.
After many years of selecting for easy lambing and sound performance there are now several distinct ewe lines and only females which were born naturally are chosen as replacements. All but one of the dam lines go back to the major importation from the flock of CA Commandeur in 1992.
The most numerous of the families. Easy going and trouble free, these females are often very showy and ideal ram mothers. All of them live to a ripe old age.
A very beautiful and healthy family with great heads and skin. Prefer to lamb later, unsupervised and outside! Breeds exceptional females. Good feet and no Mastitis and long lived.
From the original importation in 1992. Very showy, all have a slightly blue skin and are very milky and prolific.
Another prolific line, easy and robust. All in this family have the trade-mark white face and are ideal breeders of rams.