Hill flock breeding strategies: The solid trade for Scottish Blackface and Cheviot female replacements, along with a vibrant trade for crossbred replacements such as Mule ewe lambs, is likely to be leading more hill sheep farmers to put extra thought into the most suitable breeding strategy. A big contributor to breeding decisions is the typical litter size achieved and number of lambs reared, as this has a huge influence on what options can be taken.

As reflected in Table 1, where the number of lambs reared is relatively low at 0.8 lambs per ewe joined, then the focus will remain on pure breeding, to be in a position to replenish the flock.