Please contact us if you are in (or near) Cumbria and keep Castlemilk Moorit Sheep. We may be able to arrange to swop lambs or Rams etc
Sheep being hand clipped summer 2006
Lambs comming for a neb at what I was doing.
Olive and her new twins at about 8 hours old
The Castlemilk Moorit sheep was listed as critical on the Rare Breeds Survival Trusts lists but has been taken off the critical list in 2004 at the last count there were just over 350 breeding ewes left in Great Britain. This is a picture of our very small flock of Registered Castlemilk Moorit sheep, Topaz(centre left), Marigold(centre right), Olive2(far right) and Borris(far left) waiting to be fed sheep nuts on a cold frosty winter morning in Foxfield. For more sheep pictures and info please click the button on the top of the page called more sheep.
During the early years of the twentieth century the late Sir Jock Buchanan-Jardine began a breeding programme on his Castlemilk Estate in Dumfriesshire. Using Manx Loghtan, moorit Shetland and wild Mouflon, he developed a breed to beautify his parkland and provide fine, kemp free moorit coloured wool, hence the name Castlemilk Moorit. The Castlemilk Moorit is one of the larger primitive type of breed. The head is clean and level between the ears. The ewes exhibit two uniform and wide spreading horns which are much heavier and evenly spiralled in the rams, avoiding the cheeks.The neck should be well set on the shoulders following on to a straight back and well sprung ribs; the tail is naturally short and narrow. Both sexes should be upstanding on clean fine-boned legs, with naturally small feet. It’s whole appearance is graceful and well balanced; they are extremely agile and fleet footed. The Castlemilk Moorit sheep society can be found at www.castlemilkmoorit.co.uk .The Rare Breed Suvival Trust (RBST) was set up to try and prevent the extinction of traditional farm breeds, the trust can be found at www.rare-breeds.com and in europe the SAVE foundation is working to similar ends www.save-foundation.net