OUR SHEEP

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Barney & Barty

This pair were both born in spring 2019 and arrived at Mossburn on the 26th November 2019. Barty was hand reared as a premature lamb and the lady who reared him quite rightly thought that he should not spend a life as a single sheep and she acquired Barney as his companion. Barney is an attractive Jacob x Valais Blacknose who has a gorgeous chocolate brown fleece, but we don’t know what Barty’s breeding is. Unfortunately for their owner she had health issues which meant she could no longer give them the attention they needed so was pleased that we could take the two young sheep in and give them a forever home. Barney has developed two rather wonky front legs but they currently do not inhibit his movement or affect him at all. As is always the same with hand reared animals they are very human friendly and Barty enjoys playing chase with any humans who will run with him!

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Felix

We were contacted by a young German lady doing work experience at a local organic farm who was very concerned that the sheep who had been introduced to children who lived on the farm to hand rear was about to be returned to the flock and eventually to market. Imagine our horror on collecting him to find that he was not only exceedingly thin but also suffering from a bad case of diarrhoea! Felix’s main problem was worms and once he had been wormed and given vitamins and digestive supplements along with a good healthy diet he soon improved and became quite a handsome little sheep. For some obscure reason, when he was castrated his tail was not docked so we now need to keep a very close eye on him to avoid fly strike in that area. Felix is a very friendly, playful little sheep who has now settled into the main flock.

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Fraydo, Olivia & Longinus

These three rather rotund sheep were rescued, hand-reared and much loved pets but a change in her circumstances forced their owner to try to rehome them and they arrived here on 14th October 2020. Fraydo and Longinus are castrated males while Olivia is the lady of the bunch – they are all different breeds.

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Gracie & Lola

These two much beloved sheep are only here because their owner lost the use of the field where she grazed them. They are very friendly and make a useful addition to our flock when children want to get up close and interact with the sheep. Lola is a texel sheep and Gracie is a texel cross.

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Katie & Dasiy

Katie and Daisy arrived here towards the beginning of 2018 – Katie is Daisy’s mum and they are both of unknown breeding. Their previous owners were about to move abroad and their future was in jeopardy. However a neighbour who knew there was a problem contacted us to ask if we would take them as they are very friendly sheep, they had struck up a bond with them and they didn’t want anything untoward to happen to them. For some obscure reason we haven’t got to the bottom of, Katie decided soon after arriving here that she would much rather be a cow and hangs out with the cattle at every opportunity!

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Kuzu

Kuzu is a lamb of indeterminate breed and, unless she decides to tell us one day, it will just have to be a mystery. Kuzu arrived at the farm in July 2013 aged just 9 weeks old. Her owners bought her from a man selling lambs, probably for meat, but they wanted her as a pet. Unfortunately, a week after her purchase their landlord gave them 2 months notice to leave his property and all they could move into was a council house and the council were very definite about the lamb not joining them. She will be looked after here for the rest of her life and we think is much happier here with a spacious field and other sheep for company. Kuzu, for those of you who don’t know, is Turkish for lamb.

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Mary

Mary is a magnificent Scottish Greyface ewe who is lucky to be alive. She was newly born when the farmer came into the field to move his flock and Mary got left behind. She was hand-reared by the woman who found her and lived with a goat companion. When the older goat passed away it had already been arranged that Mary would join us at Mossburn and, aged 3, she arrived in April 2018. She missed her human mum at first but is now pleased to see her when she visits without feeling left behind when she leaves again. She is a truly beautiful ewe and is very friendly thanks to being hand-reared.

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Matthew

Matthew does not show a wild nature, but neither does he tend to approach people, although he is quick enough to come for food! He is always a bit of a challenge to handle, especially when shearing, as he is so big, but he is amenable enough and we just about manage. This very large Suffolk sheep arrived in summer 2015.

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Melvin

Melvin the llama arrived here in July 2009 having been rescued by friends of ours along with a few other llamas. When the tranquilliser that had obviously been administered to Melvin wore off his new owners discovered to their dismay that Melvin viciously attacked other llamas. They immediately had him castrated and his fighting teeth removed but it made no difference, he continued to attack. In desperation we were contacted and as Melvin was happy to run with sheep, cattle and horses we agreed to take him. Melvin does not “do” people, we may hold a bucket of feed for him to eat from but we may not catch him, he has that wonderful llama way of looking down his nose at you and the look says it all. He is happiest running with the sheep and protects his little flock, following them everywhere.

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Sally

Sally used to live in a nearby village and enjoyed daily visits from local people, who would bring her biscuits and treats. When she first moved to the farm, she was very disappointed that we didn't all bring her biscuits every time we came near. She has slowly become more like the rest of the sheep and less human dependant; in fact, she is now not that keen on interacting with us at all (probably due to the lack of biscuits).

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"Z" sheep

A lady originally asked us to take three of her sheep which she didn’t want to sell along with the rest of her flock. She then changed that into six sheep, three of which had to be castrated before we agreed to take them! None of the sheep came with names or breeding and they don’t seem to have had much in the way of human contact. These six are the wild part of our flock, definitely not human orientated but useful grazers. As we already had a Bungle and George at Mossburn we had decided that the next unnamed animal in would be Zippy so on arrival we gave all six sheep names beginning with Z – Zippy, Zena, Zoe, Zeus, Zorro and Zak!

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Betty

We welcomed this very cute little arrival to Mossburn in June 2022 Betty was the smallest of triplets a.nd needed to be hand reared. She became very special on the farm and so has come to Mossburn where she can continue to get lots of attention. When Betty was younger she had some eye problems which needed quite a lot of treatment and she has been left visually impaired. Please bear this in mind if you see Betty around the farm - although she is very friendly and loves attention, it's a good idea to calmly make sure she knows you're approaching