Join­ing in

Country Smallholding - - Feature Breeding -

The care, at­ten­tion and plan­ning that has gone into this breed­ing pro­gramme is fan­tas­tic. Liz and Gil­lian run both a Face­book and a Twit­ter ac­count for all breed­ers in the group and they meet up when they can to dis­cuss their in­di­vid­ual pro­grammes as well as swap/pass on an­i­mals in or­der to keep in­creas­ing that ge­netic di­ver­sity. Liz reg­u­larly posts ar­ti­cles that delve fur­ther into the com­plex world of an­i­mal ge­net­ics and colour and she is cur­rently writ­ing a book on the sub­ject.

If any­one is in­ter­ested in join­ing the pro­gramme, Liz and Gil­lian would be de­lighted to hear from you (search for @Bri­tishLaven­der on Twit­ter or Liz Tins­ley/ Farmer Dixon on Face­book). Cur­rently there are F1 and F2 ewes and rams avail­able to buy and the group has a struc­tured sup­port pro­gramme that gives all the help re­quired to get peo­ple started.

It is all still work-in-progress and a steep learn­ing curve but Liz says: “My breed is out in the world for other peo­ple to have a go with, and I will try to sup­ply all the sup­port they need. I cre­ated Bri­tish Laven­der for fun, for other peo­ple to have fun with them too, and I think so far those boxes have been ticked.”

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