Historically we were just a poultry business but like most Smallholders we had a lot of grass that needed to be cut so we turned to sheep as the solution.
Matthew had Shepherding and Lambing experience whereas Rachael had none! We decided that we needed a breed of sheep that was easy to handle and didn't cost a small fortune to purchase as the sheep were to be a side line to the other animals that Rachael looked after.
We now run a 100a mixed farm and sheep numbers have increased dramactically. Apart from the Ryelands we also run a commercial NZ Texel x flock. Sheep really are addictive!