NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOT RAMS
The North Country Cheviot Ram, whether used to produce pure-bred or cross lambs, gives the type of carcase required to meet the demands of today's markets, both at home and in Europe.
The NCC Ram imparts quality when crossed with almost any of our native breeds.
The great advantage of the North Country Cheviot as a terminal sire is that the lambs produced are consistently of good conformation and finish at all weights without becoming over-fat.
The NCC Ram can be used, for example, as a terminal sire on the Mule ewe to improve the conformation of the Mule cross. The resulting lambs are up sucking in minutes after birth, with the hardiness gained from the NCC ensuring that they can withstand poor weather conditions.
The NCC Ram, when put to many of the Welsh Hill Breeds, gives added size and better conformation, as well as improvements in the wool, while retaining all the main characteristics of both the Welsh ewe and the NCC. The cross wether lambs are ideal for store or finishing, while the females make excellent mothers - kind, milky and prolific.
One cross which is proving very successful in Wales is the result of mating the NCC Ram with the Beulah Speckled Ewe. The females, sometimes referred to as Speckled Cheviots, are usually put to terminal sires such as Suffolk or Texel to produce top class, fast-growing lambs.
The different types of North Country Cheviot ensure that crossing rams are available to meet most conditions.
Demand for North Country Cheviot Hill Tups is increasing year by year with more and more sheep farmers from the hills and mountains recognising the value of the NCC Hill Ram for crossing with other hill breeds.
Good rams are keenly sought after by buyers who appreciate the benefits of using the North Country Cheviot as a crossing tup.
These tups leave hardy and vigorous lambs when crossed with Blackface, Swaledale, Herdwick or other Hill Breeds - store lambs which are suited to both home and export markets. The extra size and improved conformation generally result in better prices in the sale ring.
Another important characteristic of North Country Cheviots is that their working lives are considerably longer than most other breeds.