At Stratton our present flock is descended from an original flock of pedigree Hampshire Downs bought in 1989.
Flock replacements have been chosen from each successive ram’s progeny.
Operating a closed flock is key in avoiding disease and is especially useful in controlling zoonotic illness. It also allows for choosing animals with good temperaments for young people to handle easily.
Hampshire Down Lambs are early finishers, vigorous and will finish off grass. Excellent carcass conformation.
Ewes are easy lambers and hardy
Suffolk Medium quality wool.
Good for length and weight of carcass.
High finishing weights.
Thrive in wet conditions due to being resistant to foot rot. Do well in arid conditions also.
Llyen From the Llŷn peninsula (‘Lleyn’), in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. They are bred for prolificacy, good mothering, quiet in nature, high milk yield and excellent for white wool. They are suited to both upland and lowland grazing. This breed is raised primarily for meat.[Small enough for youngsters to handle.
Texal From the island of Texel in the Netherlands.
Popular lean meat sheep worldwide.
Heavily muscled sheep. Has a lean meat carcass and will pass on this quality to progeny. Wool is fine and mostly used for hosiery yarns and knitting wools.
Zwartbles Our terminal sire.
Wool: medium to fine with excellent crimp. Rich chocolate brown to black.
Large frame, prolific nature, milky ewes, and fast growth rate.
Exceptional Maternal Ability – Rapid Lamb Growth. Prolific – Lean Quality Meat – Easy Keeping Nature. Our ram passes these traits onto the lambs, a few of which we have kept for breeding.