Easy Care sheep are not pedigree nor are they 'registered', nor do we have a flock book. The original Easy Care sheep have been bred over the last 50 years by Iolo Owen at his farm on Anglesey. The true Easy Care sheep is one derived from his flock. That sheep is derived from mixing breeds and a lot of hard work.
Please be aware that anyone advertising the sale of 'registered' Easy Care sheep is incorrect as Easy Care's cannot be registered. They are not deemed to be pedigree and can and often do come from other base flocks therefore the old adage 'buyer beware' must stand.
The Society is not suggesting that ewes derived from graded up flocks are not Easy Cares but it must be stressed, Easy Care sheep must shed their fleece readily in spring, they must be without horns, alert and bright eyed. They must have a dense, hairy undercoat which contains lanolin. It is now usual for Society Members to tag their stock with tags embossed with 'Easy Care', an obiligatory requirement at Society Sales.
Ensure when you are buying stock that they are sound in feet, mouth, udder and backside. Beware of stock with over or under shot jaws, bad feet, bandy legs or filthy bums, this applies to all stock not just Easy Cares and a good stockman/woman should be able to assess what is required and reject any inferior animals.
Likewise, if you are selling Easy Care sheep have a care what you are selling and ensure it is good, sound stock which will do someone a job for many years and keep them returning for more or mentioning you to others in a good way.