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 March and 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 these lambs so that our visitors can bottle feed them here. We don’t take our own lambs off their mums, unless there are complications, as this is the most natural and best option for the lambs. We currently have five bottle-fed lambs that visitors can feed, find out more here.
Our sheep are dual-purpose breeds, producing good meat and wool. All the sheep are shorn at our Spring Fair in May, so that visitors can come and watch. We also welcome spinners and weavers to this event to process the wool.