Hampshire Down ram

Hampshire Down ram

 
 A key period in the life of the Butser sheep flock has just got underway with the arrival of 5 rams. Firework Night is appropriately enough the target date for the breeding of spring lambs. The Butser flock is a productive one and averages one and a half lambs from each of the 220 Beulah ewes.  
The ram breeds are selected to produce the best lamb carcass in terms of size and quality. This year we are using Texel. Hampshire Down, Charolais and Wiltshire Horn. They are very quiet and safe to approach. However all dogs must be kept on a lead near livestock. 
 
Wiltshire Horn ram

Wiltshire Horn ram

 
The main flock is currently grazing on the southern or lower slopes of Butser. Last years lambs have now been weaned off and are grazing nearby. As they hit the target weight they are taken away for slaughter and processing at the Rother Valley Organics plant at Rogate. 
 
April lamb

April lamb

 
 The flock is on Butser Hill to help with the management of the National Nature Reserve by grazing the downland sward at key periods of the year. Rother Valley Organics look after the Park’s sheep and currently have 32 of their own Aberdeen Angus steers on the hill for the same purpose. The income from sales of lamb and grant from DEFRA help balance the books. 
 
Butser lamb ready for sale
Butser lamb ready for sale
 
 
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