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Bit random but. Mate of mine is looking to purchase some but we are based in yhe Southwest and it seems no kne south of Birmingham has them. Is this purely because they are more of an upland breed so levels arent realy where you'd expect to find them?!? 

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As sheep go theyre fairly indestructible. A few years back, possibly the beast from the east I can't remember, a lot of sheep got buried in snow drifts. It took the farmers days to get to them and longer to dig them out. The Herdwicks survived by licking snow and eating lichen and moss off the stone walls they were snowed in beside. So they're one of the toughest sheep going but they're also bred to live up in the lake district and they're not all that respectful of boundaries! Depending where in the southwest you are your mate would be better getting a sheep more suited to his general area. Southdowns for example were bred to live on the south downs. Theyre very tame on the whole and easy sheep to raise. 

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11 minutes ago, Benthejockey said:

As sheep go theyre fairly indestructible. A few years back, possibly the beast from the east I can't remember, a lot of sheep got buried in snow drifts. It took the farmers days to get to them and longer to dig them out. The Herdwicks survived by licking snow and eating lichen and moss off the stone walls they were snowed in beside. So they're one of the toughest sheep going but they're also bred to live up in the lake district and they're not all that respectful of boundaries! Depending where in the southwest you are your mate would be better getting a sheep more suited to his general area. Southdowns for example were bred to live on the south downs. Theyre very tame on the whole and easy sheep to raise. 

Unsure why they want the herdwicks but thats what they wanted.. Guess ots something different for the area etc. He will just have to travel to get some 

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The main question is why does he want them? I like the look of them and there are a few small herds I know of as the local nature reserves like them for putting out on rough land but there are easier breeds of you are down south

We have a few Southdown crosses and they are reasonably easy to keep and seem to produce nice lamb.

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