Acquired: Bred animal myself
Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Posted Sep 08, 2011
We run a commercial flock of Kerry Hill ewes which are crossed with a Border Leicester ram to produce the Border Hills Halfbred. The lambs retain the best qualities of both parents (hybrid vigour) and the resultant lamb is a large framed, hardy, good meat producer.
The lambs fatten slowly and are best suited to a traditional rearing method of around 8 to 10 months.
The lambs grow much bigger than their mothers, but retain the same facial markings, toned down from black to brown.
Early lambing produces a big ewe lamb that can be bred in its first year, or kept over to produce an excellent breeding gimmer.
The only downside I've found so far, is the sheep are so big that Ive had to raise the height of my handling pens, as they kept jumping out !!
Although a very attractive breed, this is really purely commercial and not suitable for keeping as a pet.