Once you have made the decision to purchase livestock it can be a tough decision when deciding what species and breed to select. The breeds can be suited to certain environments, I would recommend researching the breeds in more detail, this can be found in the 'what we do' section of our website. The majority of breeds also have a website which will have more information on the breeds. 

Once you have decided on the species then you can begin breed selection, the criteria to consider for each is different, for example:

Sheep 

  • Breed type: longwool, shortwool, hill and heath, primitive
  • Breed appearance: horned, polled, large breed, small breed
  • Breeding aim: meat sales, wool sales, breeding stock, showing etc
  • Breed attributes
  • land type and shelter (some breeds are more hardy than others)

Cattle

  • Breed type: Beef, Dairy, Dual-Purpose
  • Breed appearance: horned, polled, de-horned, large breed, small breed
  • Breeding aim: meat sales, Milk, breeding stock, showing etc
  • Breed attributes: easy calving, docile
  • land type and shelter (some breeds are more hardy than others)

If you require more advice on breed selection then contact your local field officer.