Lleyn Breed 

The Oruveski Sheep Flock is made up of 350 Lleyn Crossbred Ewes with the foundation flock coming from a Pedigree Estonian Whitehead 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 2019 we blood tested all sheep and achieved M1 Status on the whole flock.

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 prolificacy. Both rams were performance recorded and one is scored as being in the top five percent of the breed for that year.  Since then we have brought in three more shipments of rams and some pedigree ewes in 2018. Now the majority of our ewes are at least 50% Lleyn with some reaching close to 90/100% pureblood.




The Lleyn breed has become very popular in the UK in the last 20 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 vigour back into breeding ewes. 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.