Elaine

The Woolkeepers initiative shows positive progress for the producers that I firmly support.

I have farmed for over 20 years with my husband. Since he passed away I have been farming a smaller flock of sheep on my own for a period of 3 years now. I have always wanted to work with animals.

I rent 30 acres of permanent grassland and focus solely on sheep, of which I have 90 in total. My interest is really with the Dorset Horn breed as this is classified as a rare breed.

The Dorset Horn produces lambs out of season and can lamb three times in two years.  The lambs can finish on grass only although the Dorset Horn sheep do not produce as many lambs as the Pole Dorset Sheep, but I feel I have a duty to keep the Horn Breed continuing to flourish.  I also keep a small commercial flock for meat production, I use a Texel ram on my crossbred ewes.

The flock graze on permanent pasture and during hay making they are rotated around. I found that the mineral blocks have benefited my flock over the last 10yrs.

 “A day in the life of…”

The first job I do every day is check all the sheep, make sure everything is alive and well. Then I come in for breakfast.  I have a part-time job as a mobile dog groomer. I return home for lunch and do any jobs relating to the sheep, e.g. moving fields, feet trimming.  My part-time job fits in well with lambing as I can work at times which are good for me when I have to be around to check lambing progress.  I have my own horse and enjoy riding when I have time. Finally I check the sheep in the evening, that is a day in my life.  Obviously Lambing periods are the most intensive part of keeping sheep and I have to be checking the sheep more regularly, this time of the year is very busy for me.

  • Years shepherding: 20 years
  • Location: Dorchester
  • Flock size: 90
152
KG

Wool produced
this season

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