♔Herdwick Sheep Cumbria England

Herdwick Sheep on a Cold & Misty Morning, Matterdale, Cumbria by James Rebanks

Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Lake District of Cumbria in North,West England.

Author Beatrix Potter played a major role in the conservation of this special breed.

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Heading Home- Herdwick Sheep – Cumbria

In the later half of her life, the children’s author Beatrix Potter was involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, even acting as president of the breed association for a time. Between 1930 and 1938 she won a number of prizes for Herdwick ewes at shows across Cumbria.

Upon her death in 1943, she bequeathed fifteen farms – approximately a total sum of 4,000 acres (16 km²) – to the National Trust, and per her instructions all continue to graze Herdwick flocks.

NB: The name for rams are Herdwick tups. What a great name!

 

 

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