Category Archives for Sheep

Rearing Sheep: Longwool Sheep

Longwool sheep, such as the Leicester Longwools, were introduced by the Romans and are found today in localised areas of rich land around many of the Roman settlements. Valued in the past for their wool and milk, rather than their … Continue reading

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British Hardy Hill Sheep

Almost no climate is too harsh for the sheep that graze on the inhospitable slopes of our hills and mountains. These tough native breeds can withstand driving rain and icy winds, and may even survive in deep snow drifts for … Continue reading

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British Sheep: Lowland Sheep

The sheep of lowland areas of the British Isles are divided into three main groups: the old long or lustre wool sheep, the famous down sheep and crossbreds based on these two strains. Most sheep seen in lowland areas are … Continue reading

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Lambing in the Spring

Throughout Britain, the natural sheep farm of Europe, sheep numbers are increasing. The lowlands alone are home for over a dozen different breeds and crossbreds. For the shepherd, or sheep farmer, lambing is the culmination of nearly six months of … Continue reading

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Sheep Farming in the British Isles

Despite subsidies which favour large-scale mechanised farming, and the adoption of a complex, multi-layered breeding strategy, sheep farming in the British Isles remains the most traditional branch of our agriculture. Throughout the seasons the flocks must be carefully tended by … Continue reading

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