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our sheep and sheep-meat

The 'Wattles Wiltshire Horn Pedigree Flock' was established in 2002. We give our sheep the best possible life with a very low packing density. They exist on good herbicide and pesticide free grasses supplemented by our own organic hay in the winter.

young Ashton 2004

The Wattles flock did very well at the Bath and West Show (June 2005) with our sheep taking a First Prize and a Second Prize. In addition, our stock ram won the Pewsey Cup for the Supreme Champion. In 2004 our flock won third prize in the Southwest Flock Competition. The judges said "... Helen's flock has considerable potential ... whilst there was not great variance with the females (across the Southwest) the final result was influence by the quality of (her) rams ...".

Our sheep are fed on our own home grown grass based diet that excludes genetically modified ingredients and artificial fertilisers. Medicines are only used under veterinary control and detail records maintained so that traceability to specific animals and meat can be maintained.

Wattles has won a Silver Medal for its lamb and Bronze Medals fo rboth its Mutton and Hogget at the 2010/11 Taste of the West Competitions’ from our prize winning Pedigree Wiltshire Horn Flock. This follows on from the Silver we won in 2009 for our Cider-apple Juice. We have an established market for our fabulous lamb meat sold to local restaurants and hotels as well as from the farm gate. However, we are now establishing a new market for hogget. Lamb is defined as meat from a sheep less than one year old, hogget is meat from a sheep between one and two, and, mutton is meat from sheep over two years old. The hogget is more flavoursome than lamb but still very tender. We sell the meat as half hoggets butchered to customers requirements. If someone wanted a whole hogget or lamb we offer a ‘pick your own’ whereby, if you wish, you can pick out a live sheep that takes your fancy and we have it butchered to individual requirements.

Wattles supplied the Broadclyst Community Farm with its 18 sheep ‘starter flock’. The farm is based upon 40 acres of National Trust land on the Killerton Estate in Broadclyst. Their plan is to maintain the natural farming cycle through a balance of crop and stock rotation, working with the seasons to produce a steady supply of local food.

We have a prize winning sheep for sale details at www.traditionalcider.com

Details of our meat for sale can be found on our shop page