It was a great show this year, we got in with virtually no queuing and although there was a constant cornish mizzle (an entirely yocal mix of mist & drizzle) we were well prepared for that so happily wandered in the wet.
They are used to anchor themselves to the hen bird during mating but when they are this pronounced they can cause huge damage to the ladies, once a chicken has an area of blood on it all the other hens will attack it to the death.
This is what we’ve decided on, the Whiteface Dartmoor sheep. They are a rare breed with only 2000 registered ewes in the UK, probably due in part to being a slow growing breed which in this day and age isn’t cost effective.
They will be perfect for us, as they are docile and need little intervention. Being from the high moor they will feel like they’re on holiday down here near the coast, they won’t need to be housed over winter, and their diet doesn’t need supplementing.