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Sean the Sheep

 Sean the Sheep

Sean the sheep shortly after he was sheared.

 

Sean the Sheep

On the farm we have a small flock of lowland sheep. They consist of 12 pure Suffolk ewes, they are stocky sheep with all black heads and legs which are clean of wool, and 16 "white "ewes, these are cross bred with a little of a few breeds in them!

 Sean has many wives on the farm

Sean has many wives on the farm

There are two rams on the farm excessive really but the pure Suffolk ram "Sam" was purchased with the Suffolk ewes because Robert was interested in breeding the Suffolk’s pure. Sean was given to Robert as a pet lamb, he is a Texel cross ram, very good looking as far as sheep go but exceptionally arrogant!
The sheep are kept for meat to sell in the shop. Our plan was to keep the Suffolk’s pure but lambing and keeping the lambs alive was far too stressful for me. The Suffolk lambs are slow to "get going" and don't seem to have much will to live, the fact that I am a real novice as far as sheep go meant that the next year we swopped the rams Sam had a group of white faced wives while Sean spent time with the Suffolk ewes. Result, a large group of lambs that were lively and survived. They grew well and tasted superb!



 

 

Although the flock of sheep at the farm is only small it still needs the attention of a large flock, lambing starts early after Christmas so that the lambs are fit to kill for Easter. Worming and foot trimming are on going jobs, although we are lucky that neither seem to cause much trouble with our sheep. Shearing is usually necessary by the end of May, this is a major job. Both Andrew and I can shear but we usually get a friend to help. This makes it quicker and the friend takes the wool away.