Farm First: Joy as rare breed sheep are welcomed to Mrs Dowsons
A Flock of rare breed Manx Loaghtan sheep to the farm, a boost to our rare and unusual sheep numbers at the farm.
The flock were delivered safely onto the fields following meetings to secure their place at the farm.
The first of their rare breed to be welcomed to the farm, as their numbers have steadily increased over the last 50 years, when there was as little as 43 sheep.
Now settled into their new enclosure on the farm they will be seen by our farm visitors for the first time this coming weekend.
Eric Dowson, Farm Manager, said:
This is a exciting breed for us. To welcome rare breed Manx Loaghtan to the farm for the first time ever is an amazing achievement - one that has taken careful planning.
Manx Loaghtan are still rare breed sheep and conservationists over the last 50 years have been working hard to bring them back from extinction, we are excited to play our part and invite visitors to be part of this.
It's been hard to change people's perception and understand that, in order to save this proud breed, they would have to be eaten, it is the only way and the essence of main stream farming. Our sheep are here for conservation and to see visitors however i would encourage people to Buy British and Buy Local, supporting rare breed and local farmers.