The Sheepdrove Flock
Sheepdrove's flock is comprised of Shetland and Shetland cross ewes. We lamb in early April and our lambs are a mixture of Lleyn,Texel and Shetland.
We selected Shetlands because of their keen mothering nature, very fine quality wool, and their ability to survive even the harshest conditions. Our founding flock was from the Shetland Isles, but all our subsequent ewes are now homebred.
Because Shetlands are very small, we cross them with the larger Llyen, and then cross again with Llyen or Texel to produce a larger lamb. The lambs inherit all the hardy traits from their mothers, but are the right size to allow us to provide a supply of finished lambs 52 weeks of the year.
We keep a pedigree flock of Shetlands for the hogget (year old lamb) and mutton market, and they are also exceptionally good at conservation grazing as they are light on their feet and very agile- great for hard to reach chalk banks.