Our sheep are Lincoln Longwools, a breed that carries on the lineage of native stock that formed the backbone of the rural economy in the Middle Ages and even further back in history.
‘Old Lincolns’ were renowned for their heavy, lanolin-rich fleeces and sturdy, meaty frame, making them a perfect ‘dual purpose’ breed for providing both wool and mutton.
As their name suggests, modern Lincolns have kept their distinctly shaggy appearance and remain an equally rich source of strong, high quality wool and tasty organic meat.
Sadly, pressure from newer breeds means the number of Lincoln Longwool flocks has been in steady decline, with perhaps under 1000 breeding ewes left in the country. The breed is on the Rare Breed Survival Trust watchlist.
We are trying to do our bit to keep stocks of these beautiful native sheep healthy by breeding our own. We name our ewes alphabetically, starting out with Alma, Agatha, Agnes, Amanda, Amelia, and Alison, then Bronwyn, then our most recent ewe lambs, Chelsea, Chloe, and Claudia.
We currently have two rams, our original breeding ram, Tennyson, and Unwin, who was born on the farm.