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Ouessant Sheep at Apple Tree Farm

Ouessant Sheep

Ouessants are lovely little sheep and ideal for novice sheep keepers. One of the smallest naturally occurring breeds, they require less land than other sheep and adapt well to their surroundings, making them the perfect pet for anyone who has any amount of land – from a large garden to a small-holding.

They’ve earnt fame as excellent living lawn mowers and suit many situations, from holiday venues, petting zoos and country parks to residential homes and schools.

They are non-aggressive, not at all timid and make wonderful additions to any smallholding.

Thinking of keeping Ouessants?

The average life expectancy of a Ouessant is 10-12 years, but some have lived beyond that. These sheep originate from the barren Isle of Ouessant off the coast of Brittany. As a primitive breed they are extremely hardy and will thrive on the poorest of pasture, though if the grass remains very low in winter you may need to provide sheep pellets or other concentrates. Hay should be accessible all year. As with all sheep, providing a copper-free mineral block will ensure they don’t lack essential nutrients in their diet.

Ouessants’ tails are short and don’t need docking. They need shearing once a year and their fleece can be spun into yarn. It mixes well with other fibre, particularly alpaca. Ewes and wethers will live happily together. Rams can charge, more so at tupping time. With rams, keeping a mutual respect is key.

Apple Tree Farm usually has a range of Ouessant sheep for sale in North Devon, please contact the farm for more details. Customers are supplied with a husbandry fact sheet and full medical history for all animals sold. The farm offers continuous customer support, so you are never left high and dry, wondering what you need to do to look after your sheep.

Ouessant Sheep For Sale

We breed quality Ouessant Sheep to meet the UK breed standards and strive to improve the quality of our sheep. All our sheep are on the Hep-P programme, checked regularly and treated for worms accordingly, and tested for Johnes disease and CLA yearly.

We offer ongoing support to our buyers and are always available to talk sheep.

We start lambing in March so lambs will be available to buy early Summer 2024.