My flock of registered Manx Loaghtans has become too large for my available land, so I am looking to sell a selection of mixed age breeding ewes. These would be ideal as a starter flock. All those for sale are two-horned and are registered. I have five ewes/gimmers available, and these are aged between one and four years old. All are bucket trained, immediately responding to its sight and sound!
I started my flock six years ago. Manx Loaghtan is lovely primitive (short tailed) breed with stunning moorit coloured fleece that contains no guard hairs or kemp, so ideal for a wide range of wool crafts. I have hand spun their wool, had it commercially spun in larger quantities, washed and carded for feltmaking and have used it in a peg loom rug. It needlefelts well, too. The lambs are small and born black. The ewes deliver easily and without problem – in my case out in the open field. Two of my wethers were part of the RBST Primitive Produce Project in 2018-19 which compared wool and meat from the different primitive breeds found in the UK. Manx Loaghtan was rated highly for both meat and fleece!
All my sheep are given Heptavac P Plus annually. I periodically have faecal egg testing done to ascertain whether worming treatment is required. Liver fluke has never been detected.
I am based in Cumbria’s Eden Valley and my sheep are well used to all weathers! They live outside all year round, and that includes during lambing.