Visitors flock to sheep breeder’s open day

North and East of England Lleyn Sheep Breeders Group open day at Holme Farm, Kelby. Daniel Rowbottom with his Shearling Rams. EMN-150827-153244001
North and East of England Lleyn Sheep Breeders Group open day at Holme Farm, Kelby. Daniel Rowbottom with his Shearling Rams. EMN-150827-153244001

A group for local breeders of the Lleyn variety of sheep held their first open day last week.

The North and East of England Lleyn Sheep Breeders Group held the event at Holme Farm, Kelby, on Sunday, August 23.

The farm is home to a flock of 500 Lleyn ewes, with 200 pure bred to provide replacements and pedigree females for sale.

Livestock manager Daniel Rowbottom, pictured with his shearling rams, said it went well with 30 to 40 visitors, a mixture of established breeders and those interested in starting out.

He explained it was mainly an educational event for people interested in the breed, saying: “It was to promote the breed of sheep, to give people more information about what we do, how we farm, and what we produce.”

The free open day saw visitors treated to a tour of the sheep and cattle, a demonstration on what to look for in ram lambs, and a stock judging competition.