Yesterday saw the arrival of our new rare breed Castlemilk Moorit sheep. They're truly outstanding animals! Long legged and agile, with incredible fleece and big for a primitive breed. Everything I could ever want in a sheep!
I got them from the Vellow flock in Somerset, a gorgeous farm run by two very compassionate farmers called Otto and Susan. They kindly helped us get the girls back here and it was lovely to see Otto and Susan happy at the sight of the girls settling in straight away in their new home.
I love everything about these sheep. They're a genetic mix of a Manx Loaghtan, moorit Shetland and the wild Mouflon sheep and are currently on the Rare Breed Survival Trust's 'endangered' list.
The fleece of these sheep are 'highly prized' by hand spinners and that will be my main focus in breeding. I saw a gorgeous throw recently which had an alternating weave of Castlemilk Moorit and Shetland...
The girls are currently lounging in a paddock we've created as a quarantine area for new arrivals. The paddock is small enough for me to spend time getting to know the girls too and as they don't like being rounded up I'll be training them to the sound of the yellow bucket. Otto has recommended splatted maize and sugar beet mix to get their juices going!
Now I'll be trawling the Rare Breed Survival Trust's flock book to find a good tup for rent this Nov/Dec. CAN'T WAIT!!