Having tried our hand at looking after some generic “farm sheep” that we adopted from a local farmer, we decided to try a rare breed. After some investigation decided that the Dorset Downs were the ladies for us. With their striking good looks, placid and friendly temperament, and great parenting skills, they were our perfect choice. So we set about looking for a breeder to help us.
At the Berkshire Country Show in Newbury we met up with John and Jill Swain who were mid getting a few rosette’s at the time. What a lovely couple! From the very first moment we met they couldn’t have been any more helpful. Since our first meeting Jill has held our hand and led us gently into the world of the Dorset Down and through our first lambing season. Always there with helpful hints, advice and tips. She has become our Shepherding guru. With the help of Jill and John we came through unscathed and more importantly so did our sheep.
So if you’re wondering about which sheep, I wholeheartedly recommend the Dorset Downs, and should you decide to go that route, I can definitely say that there’s nobody better than Jill and John to support you!
Good luck and happy shepherding!