The Tale Valley flock is made up of a variety of native breed sheep, predominantly Kerry Hill, Lleyn and Greyface Dartmoor.

“We have found these breeds do well on pasture, have good mothering skills and are long lived, they are also dual –purpose breeds and have strong markets for breeding”

Jason Gale

Kerry Hill

Origin: Kerry, a small town on the Welsh/English border. Once included on a list of rare breeds, the Kerry Hill sheep is making a comeback, thanks partly to its appearance which makes it popular with small holders

Qualities: A bold, strong type with white, dense, high quality wool. Kerry Hills make excellent mothers.

Lleyn

Origin: Lleyn Peninsula in Wales. Once an unfamiliar breed of sheep in the UK, the breed has caught the eye of many farmers over the last 10 years and can be found throughout Britain and Ireland

Qualities: Well suited to organic production with low demand on limited forage, and what appears to be a natural tolerance to worms. Good mothers, the Lleyn is known for easy lambing and being easy to handle.

Greyface Dartmoor

Origin:  The Dartmoor descended from the local breeds, which grazed the low ground in and around Dartmoor, the breed was ‘improved’ in the 19th Century by introducing local long wool breeds. The Greyface Dartmoor is also known as the ‘Improved Dartmoor’ and flocks are now kept across England, Wales and Scotland

Qualities: The Dartmoor is a tough breed, with long, curly lustre wool which was traditionally used for blankets, some clipping around the udder may be required to ensure easy access to milk for the newly born lambs. The ewes are good milkers, capable of rearing twins.