Herdwick

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Herdwick

(ˈhɜːdwɪk)
n
(Breeds) a hardy breed of coarse-woolled sheep from NW England
[C19: from obsolete herdwick pasture, sheep farm (see herd2 (sense 1), wick2); the breed is thought to have originated on the herdwicks of Furness Abbey]
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Farming pockets of land covering approximately 100 acres, they use both the Gloucester Old Spots and Herdwicks for clearing the rough ground before returning to pasture.
As Herdwicks are native to the Lake District, he was forced to look further afield for a tup to join the Trust's new conservation farming set-up at Parc Farm, Llandudno.
Fell lambs also were in large demand seeing Swales topping at PS34.50 from Messrs R McCartney, Boon Cragg, Coniston and Herdwicks peaking at PS34 from Messrs Wilson, Coniston Hall.
As the sheepdogs round up a group of about 50 Herdwicks, with Floss getting a telling off for letting a few go behind a stone wall, James talks about the hardy native breed, instantly recognisable for their white heads and feet, grey fleece and comical faces.
Aside from their hardiness, herdwicks are distinguished by their 'hefting' nature.
George, 22, who accompanies us on a tour of the 1,000-acre farm, says: "We thought Herdwicks would be an interesting thing to try.
And North Wales exhibitors RS and EA Peers,of Cilgwri, Glanrafon,Corwen,produced the champion among the Herdwicks.
The pre sale show of Herdwicks was judged by Mr Rodger Brown, Muncaster Head Farm and the Swaledale class judged by Mr Smith, Kelmore Hill Farm.
Meanwhile the rugged Herdwicks, over-wintering from Llanrwst, are attracting curious looks from passersby.
Nurture Lakeland (www.nurture lakeland.org) plays a prominent role in fundraising for projects such as a car-free scheme to encourage visitors to the area to ditch the motor, and the conservation of the Herdwicks, the prized breed of sheep native to the Lake District.
Herdwicks peaked at PS38.50 for a pen of 76 shown by Messrs Birkett of Birk Howe who also topped the Swaledales at PS33.50 for a pen of 46.
Mae'n gynnar yn y flwyddyn i arddangos y defaid mynydd, ond rhaid canmol yr arddangoswyr i gyd, gyda chynrychiolaeth gref yn y dosbarthiadau, o'r Herdwicks, i'r Defaid Duon Cymreig.