Whitefaced Woodland ewes are excellent mothers. In my experience, Woodland ewes;
Have more lambs than Beltex ewes, but not as many as Teeswaters,
Rear more of their lambs than other breeds I've kept here,
Rarely need help lambing,
Produce plenty of milk,
Fiercely protect their lambs from predators such as foxes,
Sell well as Cast Ewes.
Woodland lambs are hardy, but like all hill lambs, grow slower than lowland breeds, such as Texels, but reach heavier weights, and often sell for more than most other hill breeds and many lowland sheep!
On 17th May 2016, the following were the highest prices for hogs sold at Junction 36 Auction Mart (source NWA newsletter as reported to EBLEX):
Rough Fell £54
Swale £57, £52
Cast Ewes sold to:
Masham £74, £68
Rough Fell £73, £54
Scottish Black Faced £66, £60
This was just one sale, but our Woodlands regularly top the hill lamb market.