The Start of Merchant Flock

Rare breeds of sheep

By David Short

Shepherd and sheep
David Short
Manx ewe with new-born lamb
David Short
Manx ram
David Short
Deputy Assistant Under Shepherd
David Short

In 1977 I decided that I would like to have some sheep to put in a field we had used for grazing our donkeys. As I was already involved in conservation in terms of the built environment I thought I would like to do something practical and get some rare sheep. 

On advice I approached John Latimer of Higham Gobian and asked his advice.  He offered various breed of rare sheep such as Soay and Hebridean and I decided that the black, multi-horned Hebrideans would be best as people would ask about them and we could talk about the conservation of rare breeds of sheep.  In October I bought my first two ewes.

This page was added on 05/09/2009.

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