THE NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOT EWE
North Country Cheviot Ewes can thrive in a wide range of different grazing situations and are bred pure in many parts of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.
NCC Ewes in winter
On marginal and low land the role of the NCC ewe has tradionally been as dam of the renowned Scotch Half Bred.
This very successful cross is the result of using the Border Leicester Ram on the North Country Cheviot Ewe. The Half Bred females make excellent mothers and produce top quality prime lambs - fast growing and of superb conformation - when put to Down or Continental sires.
The NCC ewe crossed with the Bluefaced Leicester produces the Cheviot Mule.
This cross, when put to a terminal sire produces a lamb with a carcase considered by many to be of superior conformation and finish to that off the traditional mule.
Suffolk, Texel and other terminal sires can also be crossed directly on to the NCC ewe to produce high quality lambs.
Hardy, Healthy & Long-living Hill North Country Cheviot ewes are found on some of the hardest and most inhospitable ground in Scotland.
They are particularly kind mothers, easy to handle at lambing time, with few lambing problems.
Their lambs are always in demand at the autumn sales, both for breeding and feeding.
They can produce quality lambs under the most rigorous and demanding conditions and are also noted for their longevity. Draft hill ewes are sold to lower ground farms at about five years old and consistently prove great performers, producing another two or three crops of lambs.
Most flocks have a high health status with very many being EAE accredited.