Our flock of sheep are all Oxford Down ewes. This is a rare breed of sheep, originally from Oxfordshire. They have dark faces, and are large with a rectangular body shape. They are the largest and fastest-growing sheep of all British breeds, ideal for meat and wool. When they are shorn, it is customary for this breed to have a ‘top-knot’ of wool left on their head.
Our sheep breed annually and this year’s lambs were born throughout April. We also keep in touch with larger farms and if they have orphan lambs, or a smaller triplet that isn’t feeding too well, we’ll take on some of these lambs and bottle feed them here. We don’t take our own lambs off their mum’s unless there are complications feeding, as this is the most natural and best option for the lambs.
Our sheep are dual-purpose breeds, producing good meat and wool. All the sheep are shorn at our Spring Fair on in May, so that visitors can come and watch. Sadly this year due to Coronavirus we’ve had to cancel our Spring Fair, we’ll still need to shear our sheep and plan to video the shearer in action so we can share this with you.