Clun Forest Sheep


Clun Forest ewe with her twins


The McClain Clun Forest Flock was started with a diverse and excellent genetic base.  In addition to the original importation genetics common to all Clun Forest Sheep in the United States, the flock is improved and diversified with genetics from all four imported Dutch lines (FAF 025, OWE 227, TBV 071, and SAN 125).  The flock is one of the largest, if not the largest, registered Clun Forest Flock west of the Rocky Mountains.


Clun Forest lambs are alert on day one
 

Our Clun Forests have excellent conformation

The Clun Forest is a very milky, maternal breed with extremely high butterfat. This translates to high weaning weights.  Clun Forests are a rare breed that combines the best attributes of maternal breeds with strong meat qualities. High levels of worm resistance, and black hooves that rarely need trimming, make them easy-to-manage sheep.


Clun Ewe with Twins--The Most Common Birth Type

Another Ewe with Twins


A thrifty breed, the Clun Forest is able to thrive in any type of environment and produce accordingly.   On quality pastures, lambing rates of around 200% can be expected.   On lower quality pastures, the Clun will out-produce just about any breed as well. British breeds often are found to be either very productive and lacking in hardiness, like the lowland breeds, or hardy but lacking in productivity like many hill breeds.   Clun Forest Sheep are the archetype of combining the best attributes of both hill and lowland breeds. These sheep are from Shropshire along the Welsh border.


The flock lives year round on pasture.  Our present pasture is predominately a very poor quality class 4 clay soil.  In the winter it floods heavily and is waterlogged, while in the summer it dries up like a brick. Despite the waterlogged soil and winter floodings, the flock has never exhibited hoof problems.  On decent pasture, ewe lambs have a high rate of being bred to lamb as yearlings.  We rarely expose ewe lambs to a ram on the present farm due to the poor pasture although we did so on our previous, more productive pasture.


Clun Forest Ram Lamb
 

Twin lambs


Clun Lambs Grazing



Along with strong reputation for prime British lamb, the breed also has good wool, and can be used in dairy breeding strategies to increase hardiness in dairy flocks.



Clun Forest Yearling
 


Clun Forest Ewe Lamb

Though the Clun is known as a top producer of prime British lamb, the breed’s most utilized niche is its use in the British Three-Tier Breeding Strategy.  For more information, visit: http://www.mulesheep.com/


Yearling Clun Forest Ewe
 

Ewe born in 2012


In America, the breed is successfully used to increase productivity, lamb survival, grass-fed genetics, hardiness and worm resistance in dozens of breeds ranging from Icelandics and Shetlands to fine-wool range breeds, Dorsets, and everything in between. 



Clun Forest Ewe Lamb
 

Young ewe with new lambs


Over the years, we have tried many breeds of sheep including Suffolks, Hampshires, Oxfords, Dorsets, Border Leicesters, Cotswolds, and various crosses. The Clun has outperformed all of other breeds.



We breed for good growth rates on pasture, conformation, hardiness, and the Clun Forest Breed Standard.



The flock is tested negative for OPP.  For more information on the OPP virus, please visit: http://www.oppsociety.org/About_OPP_files/OPP_General_Fact_Sheet.pdf


Four month old Clun Forest lambs


Four month old Clun Forest ewe lamb

 


Grassfed Clun Forest Lamb at 90 days age

Grassfed lamb

Grass Fed Lamb Sales:

Our grass fed flock is raised using Management Intensive Grazing .  By mimicking the natural grazing cycle of moving the flock to new pastures and giving pastures rest, many advantages come about. The sheep are forced to eat from the entire paddock before being moved and therefore give no unfair advantage to weeds and poorer grasses.  The even distribution of manure is used by the grass as it is rested.  By moving the sheep regularly, parasites are not much of a concern which allows us to be significantly less dependent on dewormers than most farms. Following the natural grazing cycle of regular movement to new grazing areas, these and many other advantages come about. Our grass fed lamb is produced with minimal deworming and no supplemental grain. The grass-fed lamb meat is high in Omega 3s, and is produced by healthy, happy animals. We have sold our lamb to many individual buyers as well as for restaurant, meat shop, and group sales. For more information about our grass fed lamb and goat meat, contact us.




 

Breeding Stock Sales:

We have multiple ram lines and are able to provide unrelated rams and ewes. We sell ewe lambs, yearling ewes, yearling rams, and ram lambs. As of June 2016, we have animals from each of these categories available. For more information, contact us. We also sell yearling rams, ram lambs and ewe lambs for use in commercial and other flocks.

We also sell weaned wether lambs for you to finish on your own pasture




 



 


 

 


 

 



 



 





 


Clun Ewes During Breeding Season

Put simply, the Clun Forest is the breed that combines top maternal qualities, productivity, grass-fed prime meat, and high levels of hardiness.

 

For more information, contact Weston McClain at ThreeWillowsRanch@mail.com.

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“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds.”  (Proverbs 27:23)

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