Herdwick sheep and lamb by shirleybankfarm

Herdwick sheep and lamb

Following on from my Red Galloway cow the other day which can be found here http://365project.org/shirleybankfarm/365/2016-05-23
We came across this Herdwick Ewe with her lamb on our ride out on Sunday. This also is a first for me to see a lamb of this colour, especially a Herdwick which is usually black.
Herdwicks are a very hardy breed of sheep which predominantly live on the high hills of the Lake District. Herdwick sheep flocks were historically managed in such a way that the sheep know which bit of the fell they are supposed to graze, and unlike most other sheep breeds they keep to this ‘heaf’. Each generation of sheep pass this knowledge of belonging on to their offspring. If a farm is sold which has heafed sheep on the sheep are usually sold with that farm so they stay on the right part of the hill. Any breed of hill sheep which graze open fell are usually heafed.
A lovely capture.
May 27th, 2016  
bep
Interesting information. Husband used to breed sheep many years ago. http://www.drentsheideschaap.nl/index.php/english
May 27th, 2016  
Great info on these types of sheep! I wonder if Mama sheep looked twice when she dropped her brown lamb!
May 27th, 2016  
@gijsje thank you for the information Bep. The Drenthe Heath sheep are quite a handsome breed.
May 27th, 2016  
Very nice capture and interesting info.
May 27th, 2016  
I was really interested to read your narrative Shirley. Mum is quite the elegant lady :)
May 27th, 2016  
Great capture
May 27th, 2016  
That IS an unusual Herdwick. Not to be confused with a fox in a dark night!
May 27th, 2016  
You've such interesting looking animals. had to google this specie. I also looked up the drentch heide sheep Bep mentioned. @gijsje
May 27th, 2016  
An amazing pair :)
May 28th, 2016  
That's a huge lamb. Lovely capture of the two.
May 28th, 2016  
What great info Shirley. Lovely shot. It is so good to learn these new things on 365. Love it!
May 28th, 2016  
Adorable shot and very interesting information! Love learning these things! :-)
May 28th, 2016  
Lovely pair
May 28th, 2016  
Beautiful
May 29th, 2016  
They're not sure about having their photo taken. Lovely.
May 29th, 2016  
So adorable!
May 30th, 2016  
@cmp @gijsje @maggiemae @anazad511 @hermann @bkbinthecity @callymazoo @bruni @gilbertwood @tonydebont @beachdog @gaylewood @stiggle @tosee @flowerfairyann @harbie Thank you all for your lovely comments, I'm sorry to be so late in my reply. The lambs ( there was another the same colour nearby but too far out to get in the shot) really stood out in a field of jet black lambs.
June 1st, 2016  
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