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.
Easy Care sheep are not pedigree nor are they 'registered', nor do we have a flock book. The original Easy Care sheep have been bred over the last 50 years by Iolo Owen at his farm on Anglesey. The true Easy Care sheep is one derived from his flock. That sheep is derived from mixing breeds and a lot of hard work.
Please be aware that anyone advertising the sale of 'registered' Easy Care sheep is incorrect as Easy Care's cannot be registered. They are not deemed to be pedigree and can and often do come from other base flocks therefore the old adage 'buyer beware' must stand.
The Society is not suggesting that ewes derived from graded up flocks are not Easy Cares but it must be stressed, Easy Care sheep must shed their fleece readily in spring, they must be without horns, alert and bright eyed. They must have a dense, hairy undercoat which contains lanolin. It is now usual for Society Members to tag their stock with tags embossed with 'Easy Care', an obiligatory requirement at Society Sales.
Ensure when you are buying stock that they are sound in feet, mouth, udder and backside. Beware of stock with over or under shot jaws, bad feet, bandy legs or filthy bums, this applies to all stock not just Easy Cares and a good stockman/woman should be able to assess what is required and reject any inferior animals.
Likewise, if you are selling Easy Care sheep have a care what you are selling and ensure it is good, sound stock which will do someone a job for many years and keep them returning for more or mentioning you to others in a good way.Read more
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