I first came across the Berrichon breed when we needed a ram on short notice, and one was available to fill the slot. I liked the look of the lambs (good length and shape) that were produced from the mule ewes so from there the interest developed into a small number of pedigree ewes as a trial.
This is the first year that I have had pedigree sheep so I have learnt a lot myself which they have coped with well. My ewes were bought as weaned lambs and grew exceptionally well which gave me the option to tup as ewe lambs. I have been impressed with the mothering ability of the ones that lambed as they all followed straight out to fields (which can be unusual enough for pedigrees let alone ewe lambs), had good milk production and have held BCS well. The vigour in the lambs has been just as impressive with no lambs hesitating to be up and sucking.
The breed society, as well as the members that I have met so far, have been unbelievably helpful and friendly through all the processes that are completely new to me (online transfer of ownership and registering lamb births) which has been greatly appreciated.