A female sheep is a called a Ewe and a male sheep is called a Ram. A baby sheep is called a lamb. Sheep cannot survive on their own and they live in a herd.
We are always looking to the future here at Stonebridge and one of the things we want to work on is getting more Native and Endangered breeds. Watch this space!
Sheep are known as grazers which basically means the eat a lot of grass! They are also ruminants (similar to cows and goats) which helps them break down the grass and absorb all the necessary nutrition from the grass.
Lambing season is always a magical time here on the farm. We have lambs every year in the spring. Ewes normally have 1 or 2 lambs but in 2023 we had a set of triplets which has never happened at Stonebridge before.
Sometimes we also have Caid lambs here on the farm. These are lambs that have been rejected by mothers from other farms. These lambs are a lot more work as they require bottle feeding by our volunteers.
We have 9 ewes here at the farm, with a mixture of different breeds. The breeds that we have on the farm are:
-Easy Care sheep, so called because in the summer their wool doesn't need shearing, it just falls off! Willow, our easy care sheep, can often look a bit worse for wear during the beginning of summer as some bits of wool have fallen off and some haven't. But we can assure you this is totally normal!
-Jacob Sheep. This breed has beautiful colouring and when sheared their fleeces are always the first to go! They also have horns. Yes, female sheep also have horns, not just the rams!
-Blue Face Leicester X Jacobs
-Texel X Blue Face Leicester
The age of of a sheep can be identified by checking it's teeth. Depending on the age of the sheep will change how many and which teeth it has.
Sheep horns are made from Keratin, which is what makes up our fingernails.