Our Sheep

There are several different breeds of sheep at Mayfields.

Welsh Black Moutain Sheep

Black Welsh Moutain

Originating from the uplands in Wales, Welsh Moutain sheep come with a variation of both black and white wool, which is short and dense. The Black Welsh Mountain is a small, hardy sheep which is effective for maintainance and/or restoration grazing, and will maintain condition on even low quality forage.



Shetland Sheep

Shetland

Although the Shetland is one of the smallest British breeds, it is a hardy and thrifty sheep, often noted for its fine, soft wool, which sheds naturally in the spring. The wool comes in range of colours, thus elimiating the need for dyeing. From the Shetland Islands of Scotland, the Shetland is thought to have evolved from Viking settlers, and is therefore considered a primitive breed today. It is ideal for conservation grazing as it is a versatile forager.

Hebridean

Hebridean Sheep

The Hebridean was originally a four-horned sheep, however two-horns have now more commonly come to dominate the breed. As a prime native breed from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, until recently it was considered endangered. Formally known as St. Kilda sheep, the Rare Breeds Surivial Trust (RBST) formalised the breed specification and renamed it Hebridean. The modern Hebridean has black coarse wool, which often becomes grey with age. It is a hardy breed, and particularly effective for scrub control.



Cheviot Sheep

Cheviots

The Cheviot sheep is white faced and gets its name from the Cheviot hills that it grazes on the Scottish border. It is expected to live off the hill throughout the year, and was recognised for its durability as early as the 14th century. It is a dual-purpose breed, being raised commericially primarily for meat and wool.