We currently keep a small pedigree flock of Hebridean sheep known as the Blackbrook flock.
In 2014 we purchased six ewe lambs and later a ram called Brutus from the Huxley flock (an unrelated line). We produced our first lambs in 2016 and from our 6 ewes we produced 11 lambs in total (9 ewe lambs and 2 ram lambs). We've kept 6 of those lambs who will add to our breeding flock and two more will be kept in 2017.
We chose Hebrideans as they are a low maintenance, small and hardy breed that are ideal for first time sheep keepers as they require little intervention and are fairly easy to handle. They lamb very easily with no intervention from us and they are excellent mothers. The sheep happily coexist with our horses and act as cross grazers on pasture that's resting.
We aim to sell registered ewes, lambs and rams for breeding and unregistered stock for fattening or for customers who want to keep a few pet sheep.