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 is rare, Coccidiosis unknown. Mastitis is highly hereditary and I used to cull 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 mid March. Only ewes bearing twins and triplets receive supplementary feeding from about one month before lambing. In good weather ewes and lambs 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 beautiful and healthy family with great heads and skin. Given the choice they prefer to lamb later, unsupervised and outside! Blessed with good feet, 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.
A recent line that began in 2012. Together with her first born daughter 279 she produced females of outstanding quality and all but one stayed in the flock.