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GREYFACE DARTMOOR

The Greyface Dartmoor is a rare longwool breed, hardy, medium sized, quite and easy to handle. We sell wether lambs and unregistered females as pets as we are building the flock at the moment so no registered stock is for sale.   The fleece is more like a hair than a traditional fleece and quite coarse. It is classed as a semi lustre wool. I like to peg loom weave with mine which creates lovely curly rugs.

More information can be found  here     https://greyface-dartmoor.org.uk/

MANX LOAGHTAN

This is a rare primitive sheep originating from the Isle of Man.

The lambs are born very dark brown and the fleece lightens as they grow to a light brown. They are a small, slow growing breed and can be 2 or 4 horned.  We usually have some for sale.

The fleeces mostly  have a short staple length and are quite small. The colour is stunning used  in a peg loomed  rug though not the easiest to weave due to the short length.

More information can be found here     http://www.manxloaghtansheep.org/home/4556546099

HILL RADNOR

A good sized sheep with friendly temperament and easy to handle.  Their faces and legs make a great  contrast in a grey/brown colour. The males only are horned though they can be polled. Originating from the Radnorshire area of Wales. Their creamy white fleece is soft and springy making it great for my rugs and spinning. We have just a small flock so currently only selling wether lambs until we build the flock up.

For more information; https://www.hillradnorsheep.org.uk/

LINCOLN LONGWOOL

The largest of the British native breeds, a docile, hornless longwool sheep with the longest fleece of any breed worldwide. 

For more information; http://www.lincolnlongwools.co.uk/index.php

BORERAY

We bred this breed for a couple of years though just have 2 part bred left now who have amazingly soft fleeces.

Originating off the west coast of Scotland. A small, rare primitive sheep mostly white/cream coloured with brown or black markings. Both sexes are horned though polled and scurred sheep can occur. They naturally loose their fleece which isn’t ideal if you wish to use it. Good staple length though a smallish fleece.

They are slow growing so better for hogget rather than lamb. https://www.soayandboreraysheepsociety.org/

BLACK WELSH MOUNTAIN

A medium sized sheep, hardy with a lovely black fleece of a good length, ideal for me to peg loom weave with.

We just have one ewe who we have put to the Boreray and Hill Radnor tups which have produced lovely soft fleeces.

For more information; http://www.blackwelshmountain.org.uk/

BLUEFACED LEICESTER

We  have just two of this breed and they are black rather than the usual white.

The breed is popular for crossing to create mules for meat and fine fleeces.A tall sheep with a roman nose and tightly curled fleece which is one of the finest in Britain.

For more information; https://blueleicester.co.uk/

DAIRY SHORTHORN

We chose the shorthorn for their lovely nature and there were cows available locally which helped as we didn’t have a trailer at the time.

They are hardy and easy to handle, good milkers, easy calvers and good mothers to their calves. We have them to rear a calf and provide milk for the house which they do very well. Our bull calves are sold on for breeding or reared for meat. The heifer calves have all been kept and now we have a few for sale as house cows.

http://shorthorn.co.uk/

Dorking

The Dorking is a very old breed believed to go back to Roman times. They have large brick shaped bodies on short legs. Reasonable layers and good meat birds taking 5-6 months to grow large enough. For breeding the birds reach maturity at 2 years of age, they are a slow growing bird. We have shown these birds successfully for 13 years and sell stock. Please enquire if you are interested in purchasing these lovely birds.  

We keep just the Reds but other colours are bred around Britain.

For more info; https://vicvet.com/dorking.php

Dorbar

These are a newly recreated auto sexing breed based on the Dorking. Again good layers and good meat birds, slow growing but the advantage of knowing which are male and female as chicks. Though at the moment they are so rare I am keeping  both sexes to breed from and sell to new breeders.

For more info on autosexing breeds:

http://autosexing-poultry.co.uk/breeds.htm

Marsh Daisy

This is an old Lancashire breed developed for egg laying and hardyness.

Strains vary but ours are very hardy and great egg layers though the egg size is small. They are a small bird, active, friendly, long lived and love showing. We show regularly at the two main UK shows and have won best of breed at least 10 times! We have been breeding these birds for 11 years and stock are sometimes for sale.  Spare males that don’t meet breed standard make a flavour some meal.

For more info;  https://www.marshdaisy.org.uk/home