I was just reading a message board where someone was asking why you chose the breeds of livestock you have.
It got me thinking...why Border Leicester....
We have had Romney, Corriedale, and Dorset sheep living here at one time or another.
My daughter misses the Romney Sheep and I have to say there are times I do too. They were the first breed that we raised and you will find no sheep cuter than a Romney! They are an adorable, mild mannered sheep with lovely locks.
Corriedale and Dorset have their plus side too so why did we end up with a Border Leicester Flock?
I think overall we felt they just performed better for us.
We raise our animals primarily on pasture, 12 months a year, so we needed a hardy breed.
We wanted to be able to have our lambs in the spring without bringing them into the barn so they needed to have excellent maternal instinct.
We wanted nice fleeces that we could sell to handspinners and that they have in abundance and in more than one color.
We wanted lambs that would grow well on mom's milk and grass.
It also didn't hurt that we find them very regal looking....
So for us they were a very nice fit.
We have not regretted that decision.
For a more more detailed description: What is a Border Leicester you can check out the American Border Leicester Association website:
Our Ram looking a little grumpy. He is not appreciating the high temps and no rain!
He is not the only one!
Our one and only Ewe Lamb this year...Ram Lambs dominated...
I was very happy that she is natural colored.
She has yet to get a name.