Sheep - links

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Getting started

Accidental Smallholder very useful little article if you’re thinking of keeping sheep
Country Enterprise and a bit more info here
Ask Cedric and about sheep record-keeping and movement documents
Best of Breeds list of UK sheep breeders; stock for sale
Organic Animal Feed (pdf) list of organic animal feed suppliers from the soil association
The Organic Feed Co. organic and GM-free animal feeds
Sheep Handling Equipment Farmers Weekly register of suppliers
Sheep Shearing Equipment Farmers Weekly register of suppliers

Associations & information on keeping sheep

British Coloured Sheep Breeders Association raising the profile of coloured sheep for wool at a time when most flockmasters aim to raise only white sheep
British Sheep Dairying Association promoting the production, marketing & consumption of quality sheep’s milk products
British Wool Marketing Board central marketing system – promoting wool production in the UK
DEFRA information on sheep identification, movement etc.
National Animal Disease Information Service listing of sheep diseases, plus symptoms and treatment
National Sheep Association dedicated to safeguarding the interests of sheep farmers in the UK
Sheep Farmer bi-monthly journal for sheep farmers
SheepKeep database matching sheep with grazing land and grazing land with sheep
The Sheep Trust conservation & sustainability of heritage sheep breeds
Sheep Veterinary Society promoting the welfare and prevention of disease in sheep
Small Shepherds Club association of owners of small flocks in Surrey, Sussex & Hants
Soil Association information about keeping sheep organically
Viable Self-sufficiency advice for smallholders, plus a lambing course

Sheep breeds & societies

A-Z of sheep breeds A-Z list with info on each breed – from the website of the National Sheep Association
Rare Breeds Survival Trust rare sheep breeds
Badger Face Welsh Mountain Badger Face Welsh Mountain Sheep Society
Balwen Welsh Mountain Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep Society
Blackface the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association
Bluefaced Leicester the Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders Association
Border Leicester the Society of Border Leicester Sheep Breeders
Cheviot Cheviot Sheep Society
Cotswold the Cotswold Sheep Society
Dartmoor Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association
Dorset Dorset Horn & Poll Dorset Sheep Breeders Association
Hampshire Down Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders Society
Hebridean Hebridean Sheep Society
Herdwick Herdwick Sheep Breeders Society
Jacob the Jacob Sheep Society
Lleyn Lleyn Sheep Society
Oxford Down Oxford Down Sheep Breeders Association
Rough Fell the Rough Fell Sheep Breeders Association
Shropshire the Shropshire Sheep Breeders Association
Southdown Southdown Sheep Society
Suffolk Suffolk Sheep Society
Swaledale Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association
Wensleydale Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
Wiltshire Horn Wiltshire Horn Sheep Society

Sheepskin rugs & tanning

Devonia Britain’s oldest sheepskin tannery; traditional processing techniques
Fenland Sheepskins tanners, Somerset; will tan your skins for you
North Highland Sheepskins family business in the Highlands; sheepskins and tanning
Organic Sheepskins the only registered organic sheepskin tannery in the UK; rugs plus a tanning service, Hereford
The Wool Company sheepskins produced and tanned in the West Country
The Woolly Shepherd often has raw skins for sale


the Natural Fibre Company notes on sheep shearing and maintaining the quality of fleeces
wool links see our feltmaking links page for wool links


Sheepdog links see our sheepdogs links page for sheepdog links


Adopt-a-Sheep educational resource about sheep – particularly hill and fell sheep
BBC Food tips on buying, storing and cooking lamb
The Big Sheep sheepy visitor attraction in Devon
Mutton Renaissance campaign set up in 2004 to support sheep farmers struggling to sell older animals
Sheepfold info on sheep, wool and knitting using the wool of British sheep breeds
Sticks & crooks see our stickmaking links page
Vegetarian Society how not to keep sheep – including mulesing, tooth grinding, live exports etc.

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