Edd Williams of Upper Wenallt, Talybont-on-Usk has been recording Welsh Mountain
sheep since 2010. The ground at Wenallt ranges from 750 ft to 1200 ft on the red
sandstone of the Brecon Beacons. His sheep can be described as a Talybont Welsh type
with a little colour.
Rams are wintered on root crops and have a small amount of oats and Protein pellet
to maintain bloom for sale (not forced).
Maternal traits are very important within the flock, and it is vital that the ewe
performs well while rearing so that lambs can achieve their genetic potential. The
main aim therefore is to breed a small to medium size ewe that is cheap to keep on
a forage based system that rears quick-growing lambs that are easy to finish on grass.
Ewes are wintered on root crops and silage with only twins receiving additional ‘bagged’
feed from three weeks prior to lambing. Efficient forage conversion is vital for
this type of system to work, and performance recording has helped Edd to identify
any weak links within the flock.
Since performance recording started at Wenallt only a very small percentage of the
flock have fallen below the breed average and the majority have been in the top 25%
for the breed.