In contrast, Ryeland sheep were bred on lush, lowland farms of Southern England and Wales. As a result, they’re much more suited to warmer, dryer weather than the Shetland. Whilst their thick and crimpy fleece will keep them warm and dry over winter, they’ll tend to struggle a bit more to find food.
As slightly bigger sheep, they also need more nutrients to keep their condition. We weren’t surprised when wandering the fields this morning to find them all huddled together in a group, sheltered in the safety of a hedgerow.
We’ll keep a closer eye on the Ryelands over the next couple of days - though luckily the snow is already thawing!