The Queenford Flock

A Cotswold Ewe and her lamb

A Cotswold ewe and her lamb

The Queenford Flock started in 2000 with the purchase of five pedigree ewes and five shearlings (sheep who have only been shorn once). It was against the terrifying background of the outbreak of Foot and Mouth that so disasterously swept through Britain in 2001 that the first Queenford lambs were born.

From such dark beginnings the flock has grown and now there are some thirty pedigree Cotswold ewes lambing each year, along with a few brown Jawold ewes. I no longer have any pure bred Jacob ewes - the Jawold is the result of crossing a Jacob ewe with a Cotswold ram. The first lambs of this cross are always brown, but these lambs in their turn will produce white or brown lambs, often one of each.

A ewe and her lamb

In the lambing barn

Since those early days we have worked hard to improve our sheep, breeding the very best ewes with the finest rams. We won the first Cotswold Sheep Society Flock (Large) Competition 2007, and were Runners Up in 2008 and 2010. We have won prizes at Cirencester Show, Moreton in Marsh Show (The National Show of Cotswold Sheep) and at Newbury Show. There is still plenty of room for improvement though.

Winning Cotswolds at Newbury Show

Cotswold winners at Newbury Show

Cotswold, Jacob and Jawold sheep

A Mixed flock


Flock Care

While not officially organic, our sheep are treated as if they were, with only natural feeds, the best hay and antibiotics only when strictly necessary.

Our best pedigree ewe lambs are kept as replacement ewes, or sold as breeding stock.

Our slaughter lambs do not go to market, nor travel anywhere except direct to a small local abattoir, which entails a journey of less than an hour.

The ewes lamb in February so that when the new grass comes through the lambs are ready to make the most of the tender young shoots. All our fields have shelters so that they can keep warm and dry; Cotswolds really don't like excessive rain. Flooding is something we have to be very aware of, and on occasions our sheep lose most of their grazing, sometimes for weeks.