Future  Tweed Plans...

From a very early age I have dreamed of being able to create a garment from the very start to the very end of the process. Having my own sheep, harvesting their fleece, spinning the wool, weaving or knitting the yarn and creating a finished product. My long-term goal is to have the fleece spun into yarn which I can then use to weave tweed on my Hattersley loom to create shawls, bags, scarves, blankets and more!

Meet The Sheep

Hebridean x Scottish blackface sheep

Aunt Bessie

The Boss

Grumpy, doesn't like people very much. Definitely in charge!

hebridean ewe

Barbara

The Pig

One of the greediest, loves to be hand fed, will try to climb up your leg and into the bucket

hebridean ewe

Coco

Symmetrical Horns

Not that tame but happy to take food from the hand, lovely symmetrical horns and chocolate brown coat. Clo's Mum

hebridean sheep

Pepper

The Lunatic

When moved to a new field Pepper gets very excited and head butts everyone while leaping like a crazy thing around the field. Dark brown coat flecked with grey tips

hebridean x cheviot sheep

Moira

The Watcher

Moira stands quite close  but doesn't get involved, just keeps a close eye on everyone! She also has gold tips on a mid brown coat

hebridean sheep grazing

Horny

The Big Horned One

Don't worry Horny just has very long horns, not for any other reason! A typical hebridean with dark brown fleece.

hebridean sheep

Dainty

The Tiny One

Dainty is a lovely delicate looking sheep and she is very scared of humans so doesn't come too close at feeding time. Scruffy fleece in dark hebridean colour

hebridean ram lamb

Mhor

The Future Tup

Mhor was born 16th April 2021 and he is destined to be the flocks' Tup (Ram) apart from his mum obviously! He's definitely got character and wants to show everyone whos boss!

hebridean sheep

Miss Moneypenny

My Favourite

A little princess, has to be hand fed doesn't like eating off the ground!

hebridean ewe

Badger

Joint Favorite!

I love Badger, she is much friendlier than the others, loves being handfed and will let you scratch her chin. Brown streaks in mostly greyish coat. Mhor's Mum

hebridean sheep close up

Coffee

Flared Horns

Similar to Coco but with flared out horns rather than curved back ones, a lovely even coffee coloured coat!

hebridean x cheviot sheep

Morag

The Shy One

Morag wants to be friends but can't quite get up enough courage to come all the way over. Lovely gold tips to a brown coat

hebridean sheep in the sun

Meana

The Middle One

Meana doesn't stand out, no real obvious behaviour characteristics, not particularly interested in people but not scared either, a middle of the road sheep!

hebridean ewe with full udder

Leo

The Lion

Leo has a fantastic mane of fleece round her neck so no guesses where her name came from! Sadly her lamb was still born this year

hebridean lamb

Clo

The baby

Clo was born 6th April 2021 so she is the baby of the flock and my very first lamb! Boisterous and cheeky everyone loves her!

The Sheep Saga...

I got the chance in 2020 to purchase a local croft when the owners moved off the island. And in the October my first flock of sheep arrived. 10 Hebridean ewes purchased from a local crofter. We lost one to a sudden bacterial infection, it turns out we should have vaccinated them against these types of bacteria but I hadn't known about it, the learning process in action. The remaining 9 were then vaccinated!

Tupping (mating the ewes) normally starts early to mid November but due to a miss-commuication the ram I had intended to borrow never arrived so in December/January they were tupped by a Vallais Blacknose ram borrowed from a friend. The ewes were then scanned in the spring but unfortunately only one scanned as in lamb. So I decided to buy five new ewes who were in lamb so that I would be able to get some experience in lambing and have some lambs!  

Two weeks before they were due to start lambing we found one of the new ewes (Rogue) collapsed in the field with pneumonia and calcium deficiency. We tried our best, she had antibiotics, calcium, glucose and spent a week in a snug barn with plenty of hay, but it was obviously too much for her. She aborted the lamb and then a few days later died. It was so disappointing but we had done absolutely everything possible, just one of those things you have to learn from and move on. 

On the 6th of April, the very very earliest they were due I went down to check on them and Coco appeared with a lovely little ewe lamb! I called her Clo (after the Gaelic word for cloth). She spent a week in the barn with the other expectant ewes as we had a very cold snap with heavy snow for several days! When the weather warmed, the ewes and Clo went out into the small paddock and on the 16th of April I got to watch as Badger birthed a gorgeous not so little ram lamb I called Mhor (the Gaelic word for big) His little horns! I couldn't believe how big they were when he was born, no wonder poor Badger was struggling at the end! Clo, Mhor and the ewes went back in with the rest of the flock into the middle field as the grass had started to grow. 

Two weeks later on the 3rd of May my original ewe Leo, the only one who scanned in-lamb had her lamb but unfortunately it didn't survive. Maybe it was still born or something happened after it was born but it looked like a normal birth that I just missed by half an hour or so. You feel so guilty in this situation - if I had been half an hour earlier, would it have survived? But you can never know what might have been and just have to move on. 

We are now waiting for the last two new ewes to lamb, unfortunately I don't know when they are due so keeping a close eye. 

I have reserved two Gotland ewes, a ram and a wether that we have arranged to collect in June, very excited to be getting this breed as they have fantastic quality fleece.