The ultimate fleece shedding, low maintenance, prime lamb sheep breed. Specifically bred for ease of lambing, low input costs and maximum meat production
Take the stress out of shepherding, use Easy Care. The future of sheep farming
The Easy Care Sheep is a revolutionary breed of sheep which requires minimal shepherding and veterinary care, sheds its fleece in the summer, does not need shearing and yet offers excellent meat yields and lambing ratios. The fleece is kempy, leaving a dense hair covered in lanolin. The shed fleece rapidly decomposes as a natural soil conditioner. The breed seldom succumbs to heat stress yet the dense nature of their fleece means they can withstand harsh weather.
The ewes seldom require assistance at lambing. They have strong maternal instincts, are milky and will rear their lambs without human intervention.
The breed is a well-established commercial sheep with flocks of 1,000’s all over the UK, yet it is also an ideal sheep for the small holder. The rams can be used over other breeds to remove the wool. In three to four crosses the fleece should be shedding, this is ideal for hefted flocks as it means the flock remains on the hill yet acquires the benefits of the fleece shedding coat.
The breed is proving extremely popular and successful with breeders in today's farming environment. The Easy Care Sheep Society was formed to promote this wonderful breed and to ensure its continued development.
The Society has Society Sales in various regions of the UK. We also have the Annual AGM and Open Day at a different Easy Care breeder’s farm each year. The farm visits are viewed as an excellent way to meet new friends and network. We also attend National Sheep Association Events throughout the summer months.
The Society has Regional Co-ordinators who are all volunteers. They are there to help promote and discuss the breed with anyone who is interested in Easy Care Sheep. See the Co-Ordinators list for details.
An excellent show of strong, well shed and correctly presented sheep greeted buyers from all over the UK on Saturday 23rd September at the Society's annual breeding sale.Read more
Please note the Society Sales are for paid up members only. Please avoid us having to chase you for £25 on the day.
The rams are sold in guineas [one pound and five pence] and will have an upset price of usually 200gns but this can be altered if discussed and agreed with ram vendors on the day. Ram lambs and senior rams may be less than 200gns.Read more
The first Easy Care sale at Skipton had a smallish but good quality show of true to type Easy Care sheep. The mart had ensured the sale was well advertised with at least 6 entries in the Farmers Guardian and Yorkshire Post plus their own website and facebook pages.Read more
This will probably be my last letter as your secretary. I have had a lot of head scratching and a lot of pleasure writing them over the past 12 years. I have certainly learned to appreciate the work of those who churn articles out to various publications on a regular basis.Read more
We are the most rapidly increasing breed in the UK – and that’s official in the recent E.B.L.E.X report on the state of British sheep breeds based on a survey of over 10,000 sheep farmers and published roughly every 10 years. The ‘Easy Care’ have risen from 13,000 in 2003 when the society was formed to 119,000 in 2013 and increase of over 80% annually. I’m sure if all the grading up numbers were shown it would be significantly more – Congratulations!Read more