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Moorparks Holiday Cottages

Holiday accommodation in North Devon

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Greyface Dartmoor Sheep

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The Greyface Dartmoor sheep is a hardy breed suited to grazing uplands and able to cope with most weather conditions. A sturdy longwool breed with a long fleece traditionally used to make blankets and carpets.
Unfortunately, The Greyface Dartmoor sheep is on the RBST ‘Rare breeds list. This breed is slow growing, not something todays commercial farmers want.
In the world we live in, a fast growing sheep which you can put in the the Ram in the first year and which matures quickly is king.
This is part of the reason why numbers are so low. We bought two Greyface Dartmoors as pet lambs, Jumbo and Dougal, and fell in love with them. In 2018 we bought our first breeding ewes, which were already in lamb.

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Lambing the Greyface Dartmoor Sheep in Devon

Our first lambing was February 2019, this bought our first four Greyface Dartmoor lambs. They had two ewes, which we kept, and two boys (wethers) which we found a great home for as pets to two small boys. You can see one of the lambs (Trevor) ‘HERE’, this shows how friendly they can become. In the summer of 2019 we bought 8 more registered pedigree Dartmoor sheep. 2019 will be the first year we have hired a Ram (yes, you can rent-a-ram) for the ewes. We will scan the girls in January to see if they are expecting a lamb or two. This will help with planning as we need to know if any need extra food, we can separate them. It also means we wont be overfeeding any ewes not expecting, this can cause them problems.
UPDATE: The ewes have been scanned and are expecting 6 sets of twins and 6 singles, early March to early April.
These and the Swiss Valais are the friendliest, most docile sheep. We now have pedigree breeding ewes and occasionally sell rams and wethers.

You may spot the Greyface sheep here on ‘our webcams’