The breeding flock at the Teagasc Athenry sheep research centre comprises of approximately 340 ewes. These are made up of approximately 120 Suffolk ewes (including 50 New Zealand Suffolk ewes), 130 Texel ewes (including 50 New Zealand Texel ewes) and 90 Belclare ewes. Beginning in 2016, 30 of the highest and 30 of the lowest Suffolk and Texel replacement sheep index ewes are being evaluated annually in a controlled research study. On this study they will also be compared with elite New Zealand Suffolk and Texel ewes.
Mean Lambing Date: 10th March