The Mayfield Flock
The flock is owned & managed by Janet Watson who lives at Moore’s Cottage Farm which is surrounded by 25 acres of farmland & also has a 3 bedroom holiday cottage (Last Rose Cottage). The Stocksmen are George & Anne Peach who do all the hard handling work. They also keep their own Texel cross flock & have a holding of their own nearby with 70 acres.
The pasture is farmed as organically as possible with spot spraying for weeds to minimise the amount of chemicals on the land. The sheep are given hay or silage during the winter months when the grass is not growing & this is produced on the farm. Supplementary food is given at lambing time. The Jacobs are only given essential vaccines & treatments as necessary to maintain good health. They live outdoors all year round, only coming into the barn for 3 days when their lambs have been born to ensure that the maternal bond is properly established. Very high standards of welfare are maintained all the time, with the result that we have healthy, fit sheep that lead stress free lives & are reared slowly & naturally in the old fashioned way.
The majority of the flock are descended from 3 excellent Culland ewes (one of whom, Damson, is still going strong at 10 years of age !) The first ram was Solsbury Kramer; followed by Peregrine Louis, Perrymill Henry, Mayfield Minstrel Boy & Webbery Montgomery. Over time the stock have been improved in terms of good high pastons, good feet, horn shape, fleece pattern &, back length. The sheep are friendly & biddable and we are now considering whether to show them.