Sheep at Treathro
It struck me the other day that we have no pictures or information about the sheep that we have here now. We actually have 180 tack sheep here – 80 Cheviots and 100 Welsh Mules. We don’t own these animals, the arrangement with tack grazing is that the owner pays per head per week for them to use our grazing.
They arrived on 31st October 2017…
We were told that their colour was due to recent dipping. I suspect it might be more related to them coming from the lower level of a double-decker sheep truck and the sheep above did not cross their legs on the way to us!
Nevertheless, they have all settled in and I can’t help thinking there might be a bit of mountain goat in these sheep. These shots of the Welsh Mules were taken on 18th December on our 20-acre fields. If it’s possible for them to get on a wall, that is what they do…
We have moved the Cheviots a couple of times from one field through a gate to the next. Sounds simple, but NO. You drop the electric fence, open the gate, move them close to the gate so they can see the fresh grass on the other side and what do they do? Stand and stare for a bit, then run in the opposite direction! It is infuriating. We actually moved them today. We dropped the fence and opened the gate at 8am. At 4pm they were still in the original field, with very little grass. After an hour of gentle persuasion, we finally got them through! Sheep are very dim.