We have a range of sheep at the farm at all times, to show people how many different sizes, shapes, and colours sheep come in. Always make sure you read the signage at the farm or speak to a member of staff or volunteer, about what sheep you are looking at!
Shetland Sheep originates from the Shetland Isles. This breed is renowned for its superior wool, which is the finest of all native breeds and which shows an amazing variety of colours and patterns. There are 11 main whole colours and 30 recognised markings in Shetland Sheep. Shetlands are small, but very hardy and have the ability to thrive on low levels of nutrition.
We shear our sheep once a year, normally around the May Half Term. Keep an eye on our Latest News so you can put the next one in your diary!
The sheep wool is used across the farm for a variety of projects.
A lot of the wool is used for family craft during Half Term Activities on site (Handprint Sheep decorated with real wool are a particular Easter favourite!). We have also used it for insulation in small scale building projects around the farm, and in the Community Garden, to keep slugs away from some of our more precious plants.
Over winter, a lot of our smaller animals enjoy a handfull of sheep wool, to keep their beds nice and warm while the temperatures drop, whereas our aviary birds appreciate some sheep wool to incorporate into their nests all year round!
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