Sheep Breeding


The Oruveski Sheep Flock is made up of 600 Estonian Whiteface Ewes with the foundation flock coming from a Pedigree Maedi-Visna Accredited Flock. Since then all replacement ewes have been bred from within the flock and all rams purchased have come from breeding flocks who have also been in a Maedi-Visna Accredited scheme.

In 2013 as part of our flock breeding plan we bought in two Lleyn Rams from an award winning flock in England. The aim was to improve the mothering ability of our sheep and to increase prolifacy. Both rams were performance recorded and one is scored as being in the top five percent of the breed for that year. We have been so happy with the results in 2014 that we have now imported three more rams this year and thefirst offspring of these sheep will be born in April 2015.



50% Lleyn Ram Lamb at Oruveski Talu (Sept 2014)

  The Lleyn breed has become very popular in the UK in the last 15 years due to its ability to adapt to many different livestock systems. The Lleyn ewe is a medium sized lowland sheep weighing up to 75kg at maturity, renowned for their hardiness, prolificacy, easy lambing, strong mothering instinct, milkiness and easy handling. Lleyn Rams are an ideal way to inject maternal traits, fertility and hybrid vigourback into breeding ewes.


50% Lleyn Ewe Lambs at Oruveski Talu (Sept 2014)

   The Lleyn is a milky ewe who will easily rear 200% lambs.  She is renowned for straightforward lambing with many not requiring assistance. She is a medium sized, docile ewe.  Quiet to handle and work with.  With undemanding lambing, she requires minimal shepherding.