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Herdwicks free pdf Herdwicks are the native sheep of the English Lake District. They are an outstanding part of the cultural landscape of the area with about one hundred farms still keeping Herdwick sheep on the fells. This book traces the development of the breed and reveals the fell farming year through numerous historical and current examples. It describes the arrangements for managing sheep on the fells, (many of which are common land) and the famous heafing behaviour of Herdwick sheep is examined in detail as are the roles of sheep dogs, sheepfolds, sheep identification marks, Shepherd's Guides and shepherds' meets. The work of the many Herdwick families is documented as is the role of Mrs Heelis (as Beatrix Potter was known locally) putting both her contribution to Herdwick sheep breeding and also her legacy to the Lake District into perspective. From the 1920s and 1930s afforestation of the fells led to a campaign for a National Park in the Lake District and the acquisition of key Herdwick farms by preservationist bodies. The National Trust now owns over a quarter of the National Park and many of the traditional Herdwick farms. This book also looks at more recent challenges to Herdwick farming such as the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Cumbria in 2001- reductions to stocking levels as a result of environmental schemes- and the reform of hill farming policy. It concludes by suggesting some ways forward to sustain a key part of the Lake District's cultural landscape.

About Geoff Brown

Geoff Brown has had a long-standing interest in Herdwick sheep-keeping and was Secretary of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders' Association between 1990 and 2008. From the early 1980s until recently, he kept a flock of Herdwick sheep in the English Lake District. He was joint compiler of the Lakeland Shepherd's Guide of 1985. He has had a career in adult education and rural development and managed the Cumbria Fells and Dales LEADER II and LEADER rural development programmes from 1996 to 2008. He is now Rural Programme Manager with the Carnegie UK Trust.

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Author : Geoff Brown
Publisher : Hayloft Publishing
Data Published : 30 June 2009
ISBN : 1904524656
EAN : 9781904524656
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 180 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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    . Herdwicks are the native sheep of the English Lake District. They are an outstanding part of the cultural landscape of the area with about one hundred farms still keeping Herdwick sheep on the fell