Open days:
A lambing day is held every year in late March/early April when the public can see the ewes and their lambs and hopefully a ewe giving birth. Unfortunately the birth cannot be guaranteed, the ewes do not lamb to order! Each year there is a display of the sheep and a sheepdog demonstration at Ashwell at Home which is usually held on the second Sunday in May from 12.00 to 6.00 pm.

Stock for Sale:
If you are interested in keeping or buying Hebridean or Manx Loaghtan sheep please contact us. If we do not have stock for sale we can point you to other breeders. Email: david@merchantflock.co.uk

Meat:
The meat of the Hebridean and Manx Loaghten sheep is distinctive in that it has a gamey taste. It is increasingly being recognised for its quality of taste by top chefs and restaurateurs.

Most of our meat can be purchased through Crumps the Butcher in Mill Street, Ashwell at certain times of the year.

Mutton, which is being rediscovered by discerning meat eaters, is also available from time to time. Mutton has a fuller taste and benefits from long, slow cooking on a low temperature. A Leg cooked at 110°C for 5 hours is a treat.

To find out if lamb or mutton are available contact Crumps, Tel: 01462 742255.

Wool/Sheepskin Rugs:
The coloured wool of the Hebridean and Manx Loaghten sheep is popular with hand and specialist spinners. The sheep are sheared late May/early June depending on the weather and fleeces are available then.

Vegetable growers tell us that putting Hebridean and Manx Loaghten wool around growing vegetables is a good way of deterring slugs which avoid lanolin the oil in wool.

For hanging basket enthusiasts wool has been successfully used as lining for the baskets.

The skins make fine rugs.

Do get in touch if you would like further details.

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