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Sale of Bearwood Blue Texel flock 

The small flock of Maedi Visnsa accredited ewes (15 mixed ages, 6 yearlings and 15 ewe lambs) will be sold this summer. This would make an ideal starter flock for someone. Please message Ed using the contact page for more information.

Welcome to the Bearwood pedigree sheep website. Bearwood Farm  has two flocks of sheep;  a  Lleyn flock (Flock 981) which was established in 1998 and a Blue Texel flock established in 2011. The flock has gradually reduced over the last 10 years due to changes in farming policy and grazing land being lost, from 600 ewes to 130 ewes at present (105 Lleyn / 25 Blue Texel), and 75 replacements. Both flocks started performance recording  when they were established which led to Ed being nominated  as one of the finalists for the Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year award in 2013, and in 2016 the flock was awarded the Signet/AHDB Better Returns Award for the Lleyn breeder that had made the greatest improvement in breeding potential in 2015.

Lleyn & Blue Texel Lambs
Lleyn & Blue Texel Lambs

The sheep are kept on 80 acres of rented permanent pasture adjoining Bearwood and are managed by one person, so all the easy care traits and most importantly ease of lambing are taken into account when selecting replacement ewes and rams.

Lleyn & Blue Texel Ewes
Lleyn & Blue Texel Ewes

The Lleyn ewe is very versatile. She is a medium-sized ewe, prolific, lambs easily, is a good mother, a good forage converter and is long lived. You can breed her pure or put another breed on her. Lleyn rams are mainly used, and the majority of lambs going for meat meet the R3L classification or better with an average carcase weight of 20 kg.

Blue Texel Ewe
Blue Texel Ewe

Ewe lamb replacements were put to the Blue Texel tup, as this cross  produces good meat lambs that are popular with buyers at the live auction. Lambs have great carcases and skins and the majority grade E or U, however, due to a change in farming policy and customers wanting to purchase yearlings, ewe lambs are now run through the winter.

Bearwood Blue Texel Ewe Lambs
Bearwood Blue Texel Ewe Lambs

The Blue Texel is narrow in the head and easily lambed. They are good mothers with plenty of milk and rear their lambs easily off grass. The breed is docile in temperament and has characteristic markings on the face and a unique colored fleece that is popular with spinners.

The Lleyn and Blue Texel flocks are performance recorded with Signet BreedingServices. Lambs are weighed at birth, 8 weeks and 21 weeks, where lambs are also scanned  for back fat and muscle depth. Yearling ewes are weighed at 18 months to get an idea of mature weight. All ewes are recorded for “lambing ease” at lambing. This data is evaluated and each animal is given an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) for the most important genetic traits. These are 8-Week weight EBV, Mature size EBV, Litter size EBV, Maternal ability EBV, Scan weight EBV, Muscle depth EBV and Fat depth EBV.  Since 2014 I have been involved with a research project looking into “worm resistance in lambs” (see below) and now take FEC and saliva samples of my lambs to produce a FEC EBV.

Lleyn Ewe Lambs
Lleyn Ewe Lambs

Bearwood Lleyn is a member of Performance Recorded Lleyn Breeders (PRLB); a group of like minded breeders that are working closely with the scientific community and industry bodies. We have obtained funding to look at worm resistance in sheep, and are identifying lambs that are genetically more resistant to the common British round worm. The impact of this research will have massive implications to the commercial farmer in the future, as worm resistance amongst the UK flock is a big problem.

Performance data in conjunction with an assessment of breed type and confirmation are used to select stock as replacements and for sale.

These EBVs can assist breeders and ram buyers to identify stock for a specific breeding objective. Please contact me to discuss your requirements or for help with understanding Estimated Breeding Values.

At Bearwood, all sheep are sold “off the farm”.  The lambs are reared off permanent pasture and the only time supplementary food is used, is at lambing time, where Rumenco blocks are provided. Customers visit the farm and are able to look at all the sheep, including ewes, stock rams, yearling rams and lambs. They are also able to see the type of grassland the sheep are reared on and view the flock in their “working clothes”.

Bearwood Farm is also home to Inbalance Coaching. Ed has a MSc in Sports Coaching and is a British Triathlon Level 3 HPCP (High Performance Coach Programme) coach, who has coached amateur triathletes to win Gold Medals at British, European and World Triathlon Championships. A recently installed High Performance Endless Pool offers swimmers the opportunity to have their swim stroke videoed and analysed. The correction of small faults in technique can improve performance and enjoyment massively. Bearwood Farm also has a running trail, where a three race 10k trail series takes place in August.

More information on the trail race can be found here.

I have a presence on various social media sites, notably Facebook  and Twitter

For further information, please contact Ed Collins. Telephone: 01544 388438 or on my mobile: 07970 015186