The flock has always focused on producing replacements with good conformation, sound feet and udders � the basis for any sheep to perform well, whilst maintaining a decent size and length of carcass. Lambing outside in March has meant that a strict scoring system for lambing ease, mothering ability and lamb vigour is essential to produce replacements that will meet the increasing demand for �low management� ewes, and Romney's certainly fit this description.
The core flock of 250 registered ewes are now signet recorded for growth rates, resistance to worms, fecundity etc. The very best replacements are kept on in the core flock with the rest being sold or used in our expanding commercial Romney flock. Ram lambs are kept from the best performing ewes and kept on grass only until November when the best performing rams are picked out and kept for sale to registered and commercial customers. These rams are only fed when the grass runs out, as several will be used in our own flocks and we need to make sure they will grow well in commercial situations and produce fast growing lambs.
The introduction of the recording system will back up what we have been unofficially recording for years and put figures on paper for each ram. It will focus on increasing growth rates and meat production while maintaining a correct ewe with longevity that will happily lamb outside at 150% upwards.
Part of the core flock will be introduced to some New Zealand bloodlines to try and produce a higher lambing % while maintaining a decent sized breeding ewe.