Our sheep flock is a relatively diverse mix of breeds. We have some rare breeds doing our grazing for us including Hebridean and Shetland. However we also use some more run-of-the-mill varieties such as Swaledale. These hill sheep are hardy if a little less specialised than some of the rarer types. We tend to purchase the smaller and less valuable whether (castrated males) from some of our local hill farms and then utilise these on our grazing schemes and, ultimately, in our box sales of shearling mutton.
Some of our Swaledale flock can currently be seen grazing at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley Nature Reserve.