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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Lleyn breed is worth watching

The Lleyn is native to the Lleyn peninsula in North Wales
The Lleyn is native to the Lleyn peninsula in North Wales

For a while now I have watched the progress of a new sheep breed to Ireland called the Lleyn. The Lleyn (pronounced Clinn) is native to the Lleyn peninsula in North Wales.

Not the biggest of sheep, it has come to prominence for its high litter size combined with good mothering ability.

One of the first Irish people to note the merit of the Lleyn was Dr Seamus Hanrahan, of Teagasc, who incorporated Lleyn genes into the Belclare – Dr Hanrahan is to receive a Lifetime Merit Award from the Irish Grassland Association for his contribution to sheep farming.

The Lleyn breed  is expanding rapidly in Ireland, North and South. Last week the Irish Lleyn Society held an open day on the farm of George and Robert Clarke near Roscrea.

George Clarke that he was attracted to the Lleyn because its high litter size was expressed as twins rather than triplets and higher.

The Lleyn Society will have over 600 breeding sheep at a special sale at Roscrea Mart on Saturday, September 7.

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