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Exlana rams now available off farm ---see sales page for details 

THE EXLANA SHEEP

Why shedding?

Wool is an excellent product but not an economical one for farmers, it creates work and requires costly chemical inputs ---

Exlana =

  • No shearing

  • No dagging

  • No tail mutilation

  • Fewer cast ewes

  • Less energy diverted (feed) into wool production

  • Lower labour requirements 

All these attributes are great but of little consequence if the sheep is not productive, which is why the Exlana is subject to one of the most rigorous and detailed science led evaluation systems.

Genetics not Cosmetics

Exlana sheep are bred on grass based systems where animals are made to work under pressure as this is the only way we believe that sufficient selection and genetic progress can be made. We have 3200 breeding ewes in our core recorded flock, all with EID to ensure accurate data collection. Our sheep are BLUP evaluated by SIGNET, we DNA parentage test all stock rams to ensure correct pedigree assignations, we weigh lambs at birth, 8 & 20 weeks old as well as Ultra-Sound scanning to measure muscle & fat depths. Every year we take individual FEC samples from 1200+ lambs which enables us to select and breed animals that are resistant to worms. Ewes & lambs are also wool scored in the spring so that we can predict which sires produce the best shedding genetics, something that is very important if you want to breed the wool off your sheep.

Many Exlana sheep carry the ‘’Myomax’’ muscling genes

Healthy sheep are productive sheep

 

All our flocks are disease screened for MV, CLA & OJD. We have scrapie genotyped rams, MV accredited & Scrapie monitored flocks. All rams are tested for MV & CLA prior to sale & arrive with a quarantine drench from a new generation anthelmintic

Exlana rams come with a 2 year guarantee 

The Exlana is an open composite breed, originally based on 14 breeds selected from around the world. It does not need shearing, crutching, or bellying. The absence of wool has several other benefits, massively reducing the incidence of both fly strike and ewes getting cast, both of which can be expensive on shepherding costs.

The Exlana was developed by a consortium of farmers in the south west, adopting the ‘easier management, lower inputs’ philosophy now widely accepted within the industry as the way forward for managing larger numbers of sheep. Prolific ewes with high mothering instincts capable of lambing unaided out doors.

The Exlana is a wool shedding sheep (often referred to as hair sheep) which has a coat that resembles wool in the winter time but rarely exceeds 2cm in length or 1kg in weight.

The coat begins to fall out in the spring and may shed a number of times during the course of the summer leaving a short ‘hair coat’.

As autumn approaches the shedding stops and the animals grow a thicker, weather resilient coat, which copes extremely well with both cold and wet. This tough winter coat gives the breed the ability to live, survive and indeed thrive in the harshest of climates- making it truly ‘Fit for Purpose’. Lambs are born with a good firm coat.

The Exlana breeding programme is subject to one of the most technologically advanced and rigorous recording and breeding evaluation systems in the world, which will produce long-term sustainable improvements in the profitability of sheep keeping.