After working as a shepherdess for other people for over 20 years I now have my own flock less than a mile from where I grew up.
I started with 40 Romney tegs (2 year olds) in 2015 and am slowly growing the flock. Romneys are originally from Kent. They are hardy, great forage converters, very maternal, easy to lamb and have a thick, lustrous fleece. In late Autumn the majority of my flock are mated with a Southdown ram, the native Sussex breed, to produce butchers lambs. The best Romney ewes are mated with a Romney ram and their purebred Romney ewe lambs are kept to grow the flock. They all lamb outdoors in May when the weather is warmer. This is cleaner and more natural than lambing in a shed and also makes use of the Spring grass during their late pregnancy and early days of lactation.
To read about the meat and wool click on the pages in the menu.
The farm itself belongs to my Aunt and Uncle's family. It has no chemical inputs and is covered with thick hedges, wild flowers and ancient Oak trees and surrounded by deciduous bluebell woods. All of us involved in the farm and sheep feel very strongly about protecting and improving the quantity and diversity of the wildlife at Burtenshaw Farm.
Since starting the flock I have got married to Alex and we have a little girl who comes to the sheep with me most days.