There are two breeds of sheep at Surrey Docks Farm London namely:
Oxford Down: these have dark faces, and are large with a rectangular body shape. When they are shorn, it is customary for this breed to have a ‘top-knot’ of wool left on their head. They are a rare breed, originally from Oxfordshire, and the largest and fastest-growing sheep of all British breeds, ideal for meat.
Ryeland: these are all white, and not as large as the Oxford Downs. One of the oldest traditional British breeds, they get their name from the Herefordshire rye crops they originally grazed on. They are docile, easy to look after and make excellent mothers.
Ewes, Rams and Lambs
A male sheep is called a ram, a female a ewe, and baby sheep are called lambs.
Here at the farm, the sheep you see in the yard are mostly ewes and lambs. There is one ram, usually kept in another pen else- where on the farm. The ewes give birth to 1-2 lambs each in the spring.