Buyers of Lleyn Sheep are now left in no doubt about the purity
of the sheep they are buying with the introduction of the green
The tag, introduced for all lambs born in 2006, is optional for
breeders to use. Retired chairman John Geldard said: “I am
overwhelmed with the take up of the society tag, with well over
90% of Lleyn breeders taking the tag when they registered ewe lambs.”
With the huge take up of the tag, the Lleyn Sheep Society has decided
to make the tag available again for 2007. So all ewe lambs at society
sales this year will have a “white” tag in their right
ear. The tag instantly identifies to purchasers that the sheep
they are buying are pedigree registered Lleyn sheep. With this
identification it should help buyers unintentionally buying non
pure/registered Lleyn sheep.
Father and son team of Eifion and Dewi Ellis, who run a 900 pure
bred Lleyn flock in North Wales, are 100% behind the new tagging
system. “It is the way forward for the Lleyn. I’ve
supported the idea from the start and I am convinced it’ll
be a big help to purchasers who’ll know exactly what they
are buying,” says Efion.
The society tag is inserted in the ewe lamb’s right ear (from
behind). Once the society receives the ewe lamb’s registration
details and payment this then triggers the production of the unique
tag by the manufacturer, who cannot produce any tags without the
prior instruction of the society office. Within days the tag is
delivered to the breeder, the tag is then simply inserted in the
ewe lambs right ear.
All rams that pass the society inspection will carry an official
breed society yellow tag, which is inserted by the society ram
inspector when he passes the ram.
The Lleyn Sheep Society is looking to offer sheep breeders across
the UK and Europe the opportunity to purchase registered pedigree
Lleyn sheep. The Lleyn is the fastest growing breed of sheep in
the UK. Farmers are impressed by its versatility to adapt too many
situations, its tremendous mothering ability, milkiness and prolificy,
coupled with being able to stock more Lleyn to the acre. It soon
becomes apparent that the Lleyn is more profitable than many of
Look out for the white faced sheep with the little green or white
tag; it may well help you to be more profitable in the years ahead!!
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