Herdwicks

Kept in small numbers it becomes evident that sheep are individuals.  This is Middlesmoor Daphne, a smallholder's love affair in wool xxx

Herdwicks

There is something indisputably stoic about Herdwick sheep.  With a stout leg on each corner and a fleece to withstand the worst of the British climate they are a valiantly hardy breed, yet wear an unwavering smile.  

Native to Cumbria, Herdwicks have graced and grazed the fells of the English Lake District for thousands of years and herdwick meat was awarded Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status in 2012.  For all it’s hardiness and stoicism it would seem a perfect smallholder breed, but therein lies the rub.  Herdwicks are fell sheep, and sheep on the Cumbrian fells are often unaccustomed to being handled!  Consequently, despite having much to recommend them, the best fell sheep can walk a bit on the wild side.  Not ideal for the smallholder who needs to be able to easily manage and handle livestock. 

But that is not true of my Yorkshire Moors flock!

My herdwicks are top quality sheep from show winning foundation stock, with excellent Middlesmoor, Turner Hall and Munroe bloodlines, but they have been born and bred on lowland pastures where they are regularly handled.  The entire flock is quiet, easy to manage and biddable and I wean naturally so my lambs and ewes are not traumatized by this process and the flock is kept happy and calm.  This gentle, mannerly demeanor even extends to Teddy and Munroe Isle, our resident rams, who are indeed the finest of gents.  

If you are looking for quality breeding stock or a few low maintenance but highly attractive lawnmowers to help manage grazing land,  I can supply lambs, hogs, older ewes or wethers.  Singletons cannot go without company though, so if you want some of my stock you need to take at least two because woollies do like company.  But that will not be a problem because once you meet them you will want more…
Sound perfect don’t they?  The drawback is I never have many for sale so, as they say, book early!

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