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.
They left 4,000 acres to the National Trust with the provision that the breed of sheep they encouraged, herdwicks
, must always be allowed to graze.
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.
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.
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.
Mules to PS75 for W & M Miller, Jenkin Cross, Wigton and a small show of fell ewes to PS47 for Herdwicks
from M Monkhouse, Grange View, Caldbeck.