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The Sheep Flock

Along with the cattle, sheep manage the sward and make the most of the fodder at Balcaskie. The expanding flock of 650 Scotch Greyface Mules, a cross between Scotch Blackface ewe and Bluefaced Leicester, was established in 2015.

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Expanding the flock

Ewes are bred with either a Suffolk or a Texel tup. Suffolk lambs are born early in March while the Texel lambs are later.

Soil care and fertility

Some of the grazing is classified as ‘species-rich’ and is protected, so a low-stocking density is essential to maintain condition of these ancient grass leys. Newly sown grass leys and silage aftermaths ensure high-quality, clean grazing, while the term 'Golden hoof' claims the best crops of barley follow sheep grazing.

Mixed grazing

Mixed grazing allows grass to be managed at different lengths and improves grassland species diversity. Winter cover crops provide nitrogen.