Our flock of sheep consists of multiple breeds; East Friesian, Awassi, Polled Dorset and Coopworth. Each breed brings different attributes and behaviours which adds a great deal of character to our flock – something we love about our girls.
Our flock is very fertile and produce a lot of offspring. We see it as being important for the lambs to stay on mum to ensure they have a healthy start to life. Unlike many milking operations, where the offspring are removed from their mothers within 48 hrs, we leave the lambs on for a month to allow the ewes to display the same behaviours as they would in the wild. After a month we wean the lambs onto high-quality grass. We use this system because at a month old, ewes start to naturally wean the lambs onto grass, the lambs get a much better start to life as no one is better than mum at bringing up her children, it puts less stress on the sheep and it feels ethically right to operate this way.
We have two milking flocks, one which lambs in early spring and another which lambs in Autumn. They are happily milked twice a day for around 100 days and then once a day for another couple of months. We do this to ensure you can enjoy our products all year round! Our ewes naturally roam outside on a 100% pastured diet, we give them a tasty snack of sheep nuts while we milk them to help keep them relaxed.