New Llanwenog Breed Join The Marriner Family!

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Breaking news! Marriner Farm have gained another breed of sheep, we are now proud owners of the rare breed of Llanwenog sheep, this breed has been established for over 100 years.

Brief history of the purchase

On the 27th of August the Marriner team travelled to Llanybydder Market, Carmarthenshire. At the market we purchased 5 lovely Ewes & 1 proud Ram of this very rare breed called Llanwenog Sheep. The 5 beautiful Ewes were purchased from Mr Huw Evans and the Ram was purchased from Mr & Mrs A.Williams.

The pen of 5 Ewes won their class which makes them that little bit more special. The ram who won reserved champion has yet to be named! Stay tuned for the competition where YOU will be able to choose his name!

Brief Background History of the sheep

In 1957 the sheep were named the LLanwenog breed, as this had been the area where the majority of the animals lived hence the Llanwenog Breed society was formed to act as a community to represent this rare breed of sheep. The Llanwenog sheep once found in the Teifi Valley in West Wales have now spread throughout the UK.

Characteristics of the sheep

The sheep are characterised by their black head, ears and legs. They are very calm and have a placid temperament which makes them very easy to handle. A benefit of the breed is that they have good feet with very few footrot problems.

They are a highly reproductive breed and are known for being prolific during the lambing season. The Llanwenog ewes are good mothers and are known to have a natural maternal instinct.

Both Ram and Ewes have been polled which means they are hornless sheep and no horns will grow as a result.

They have a thick white fleece with a top knot on the head of all Ewes & Rams which makes these animals even more distinguishable and adds to their list of interesting characteristics  

The weight of the Ewes is 50kg to 60kg & the Rams weigh 80kg to 90kg

The wool of this breed is sought after as it is considered to be one of the finniest wools in the UK, the Bradford count is 56/58 (Bradford count is a system to assess the quality of wool also known as the English worsted yarn count or spinning count)

The common uses for this type of wool are hand knitting, tweeds and hosiery it also has a high reputation with hand spinners.