We have seven lovely sheep here at the farm. Little Sheep, Tiffany and Dylan make up the adult portion of the group while our four lambs, who were born in April 2013, bring the mischief and mayhem to the herd!
Welsh Hill Speckled Face
You may recognise this familiar face! Little Sheep stays regularly at Hackney City Farm as she loves all the attention she gets from our volunteers!
The Welsh Hill Speckled Face is a derivative of the Welsh mountain variety with some sources indicating that Kerry Hill breedings was also introduced at some point.
The breed originated in the Devil’s Bridge and hill areas of Mid Wales. It is generally larger in size than the Welsh Mountain with a finer fleece and black markings on the nose, eyes, ears, knees and feet. The males are either polled or horned and the ewes are polled.
The Dorset Horn, which was developed to its present form in the mid 1800s, is known for its all round qualities as a meat and wool producer.
Its chief distinction is its horns – large and curled – in both rams and ewes, which you can see from our Shirley! Ewes with horns of this size and type are unique to the Dorset breed among modern domestic sheep. The breed’s other great distinction is the forwardness of the ewes. Dorset ewes can breed twice in one year although three lambings in two years is more usual. The lambing rate is good and they are excellent mothers with abundant milk.
Did you know…
- Female sheep are called ewes, male sheep are called rams, and baby sheep are called lambs.
- Wool comes from the fleece of sheep
- Wool is extremely durable. Wool can be bent back on itself as many as 20,000 times without breaking and can be stretched up to 30% of its length when dry·
- Wool is naturally flame resistant. Although wool will ultimately burn, it requires much more contact with a flame than most any other fabric natural or artificial.
- There are around 36 million sheep to be found in England from a total of 6,000 different breeds.