There are two types of Welsh Mountain Badger Face sheep, the Torwen (Torwen is Welsh for white belly - but the rest of the sheep is black) and the Torddu (Torddu is Welsh for black belly - but the rest of the sheep is white), and we keep both under the Kington flock name. To add to the fun, Torddu is pronounced "Torthee". The Badger Face is an ancient native Welsh breed, hardy, medium sized, polled (hornless) females, lavishly horned rams and the sheep are very attractive and produce superb, sweet meat. Although luckily not classified as rare, they are unusual and appeal to large and small scale sheep keepers because of the quality of the meat, the hardiness of the breed, how well they grow on pasture with low inputs and how they look - we know many large scale commercial sheep farmers who also keep Badger Face sheep for their children.
We've kept Badger Face Sheep since the late 1990's, having brought our flock with us when we moved to Devon from Warwickshire, and are longstanding members of the Badger Face Welsh Mountain Sheep Society. We head up to the National Ram Sale at Builth Wells every couple of years to buy the pedigree rams we like best from the society's annual show and sale to ensure we continuously widen the gene pool. Apart from the necessity of bringing new rams onto the farm, our Badger Face sheep are closed flocks, the breeding ewes are now mostly home bred and there is a well-established hierarchy. Our lamb is truly grass fed, growing slowly on mother's milk, grass and our own meadow hay and haylage to produce the best possible taste. Finishing live weights are approximately 33-44kg.
Livestock: We do have stock for sale, so please contact us with any queries. If you have a plot of land that needs management but you don't want the stress of lambing, a small group of interesting, unusual and prettily marked sheep is an attractive grazing option, and cheaper and greener than a ride-on mower. We are happy to give advice to any first-time purchasers, or you might like to join one of our smallholder training courses. We frequently get asked if we hire out our rams, but as we keep closed flocks to minimise health risks, we don't do this; however, our pedigree stock rams are available for sale after two years service with our flocks and they will have plenty of good breeding years ahead of them.