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In 2010 we decided to take on another breed of sheep and specifically wanted sheep indigenous to the area. After considering Devon Closewools, Devon and Cornwall Longwools, Greyface Dartmoors, Exmoor Horn, Dorset Horn and Whiteface Dartmoors, we decided on the latter, providing a real contrast to our Welsh Mountain Badger Face flocks. Our Whiteface Dartmoors are the South Yeo flock of pedigree sheep, and we are members of the Whiteface Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association. Having plumped for this wonderful local breed, it’s good to know that we can source pedigree rams from within Devon.

The Whiteface Dartmoor is on the Rare Breed Survival Trusts’s register with between 1500-3000 adult breeding females in existence.

Whiteface Dartmoor ewe in full fleece


Whiteface Dartmoor ram called Dave


The breed is believed to be one of England’s most ancient breeds of sheep. The ewes are naturally polled (hornless) and the rams have magnificent curled horns. Their fleece is long, lustrous and curled, which produces a stunning lambskin. Hardy sheep, they are built to withstand hard moorland winters and still produce good lambs and superb wool. We have found them to be docile and a real pleasure to handle.

We have Whiteface Dartmoor livestock and lamb, hogget and mutton boxes available at various times of the year so please contact us for further information. We will give support to first time keepers and you might like to join one of our smallholder training courses, in particular our intensive two day Sheep for Beginners course.

Whiteface Dartmoor ewe laying down with lamb next to her and another lamb stood on her back
Newborn Whiteface Dartmoor lamb being held
Whiteface Dartmoor ewe with two lambs in a field



Headshot of a Herdwick ram
One Torwen and one Torddu Badger face lambs laying next to each other in orchard

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