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FIRSTLY

All Hebridean sheep sold privately as 'pure-bred' or 'pedigree', but without their registration document and registration ear-tag, are probably not registered and cannot be registered retrospectively.
SECONDLY

You can't breed a registered sheep from unregistered parents.

A Hebridean sheep without papers and an HSS eartag is just a little black sheep!
THIRDLY

The Hebridean Sheep Society exists to promote all the virtues of this wonderful breed.

Why not join today?

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Vault Theo

Reserve Champion (Hebridean Ram) at the Royal County of Berkshire Show (Newbury) in September 2019.

Welcome to our Vault Flock Website

Welcome to our Hebridean sheep site. We now live in the Welsh Marches on the edge of a small village near the Herefordshire/Powys border, about 18 miles north of Hereford.  (Please Click on the for more information - opens a new tab)


We have been breeding Hebrideans for a number of years and have been involved in showing since 2012 - coming 1st in Show and Reserve Champion (Hebridean Ram) at Melton Mowbray.


We chose to keep Hebrideans as they are a small and hardy primitive breed and very easy to handle, especially for those starting out with sheep as their first livestock.


Over the years our flock has expanded and our freezer is always full, so we can now offer our lambs for sale, either for breeding, grass cutting or for your freezer.


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Sycamore Inverlochy - HSS 1111/16
Breeder - Mrs V C K Mason





Show Results as Shearling Ram
Breed Champion - Royal Highland Show 2017
First      - Royal Highland Show 2017
Second - Royal Cheshire Country Show 2017
Second - Great York Show 2017
Second - Westmorland Country Show 2017
Second - Newbury Show 2017

Progeny include
Sycamore KKingcup - Champion - Great York Show 2019
Sycamore KKingcup - Champion - Royal Cheshire Show 2019
Sycamore KKingfisher - Champion - Stafford County Show 2019
Sycamore KKingcup - First - Berkshire Show 2018
Sycamore KKlara - Second - Great York Show 2019
Mullach Tipula - Third - York Show and Sale 2018

Sycamore Inverlochy

Mouse-over him to see his show results and progeny.

Latest News

We have finished lambing for this year. We are offering lambs for sale now - scroll down to see our Stock for Sale section.


Some 26 ewes have now met our new ram Sycamore Inverlochy. He is a proven winner and has provided winning progeny. We hope to continue to put him to good use over the next few years.


We felt that Vault Victor after generating 110 registered offspring, may like to slow down a little, so he went off locally to spend a few months starting a new flock - Hergest flock in Kington, Herefordshire. Now another 7 lambs have been registered to his credit this year.


We attended the Moreton in Marsh show again in 2019 where we were happy to take two 1st places in Shearling Ram (Vault Theo), and Ram Lamb (Vault Thunder). We also collected two 2nd and two 3rd rosettes. Click to see the full 2019 results


You may also view results from 2018


We also went to the Royal County of Berkshire Show (Newbury) in September and were delighted to win the Ram class with Vault Theo who then went on to became Reserve Champion.


Zoe and Ken - June 2020


 

Victor with son Theo

The Vault Flock was started in 2004 when we visited Cotswold Farm Park, the home of rare breeds.

Our flock

The Vault Flock was started in 2004, when we purchased 3 ewe lambs. These three Hebrideans were purchased as pets and used as lawnmowers when we lived on the Malverns.


The following year we decided to try and breed.


In November 2005 a proven ram Rye End Sebastian arrived on loan from local breeders Neil and Katie Anderson. This was the ram that started our "Vault" flock. Hebridean Sheep Society Flock No:5717


Having moved to the Lincolnshire Wolds we used Bearslair Captain and later purchased Cillimore Rhum from the York sale, who was the sire of our Vault Victor.


Stock numbers have fluctuated over the years and as of today we have 19 breeding ewess and 11 ram lambs. All available ewe lambs have now been sold.


Our breeding stock has been purchased over the years, privately as well as from Melton Mowbray, and includes such flock names as Carrcross, Cinderhill, Jet, Skipwith, Sturch's Barn, & Sycamore .


With our new ram we can again breed with Victor's progeny.


All our sheep are born, reared and grazed on site and on local traditional pastures covering some 8 acres.


Latest Stock News

We have now sold all our ewe lambs after weaning.

 

Currently we offer ram lambs for sale or hire for tupping in the Autumn.

 

If you are interested in purchasing any ram lambs please contact us.


You are welcome to come and visit the flock with no obligation to buy. As of now, some restrictions for Covid 19 have been lifted so viewing is available with current social distancing guidelines.


 

Stock for Sale - 2020

We have been selling our lambs for a number of years to Wildlife Trusts, HSS breeders, and to those just starting out wanting good quality stock for a flock of their own or for keeping in the freezer.


All our stock is registered with the Hebridean Sheep Society and of course so are all our lambs.


Any lamb sold is fully tagged, injected and has a full set of registration documents.


We have a new tup (Sycamore Inverlochy) which we have used with our 19 ewes this year. His progeny were born from March 14th onwards.

 

In April, Houghton Lodge Gardens in Hampshire took delivery of a starter flock of 2 ewes with their lambs at foot along with our ram Vault Thunder.

 

Adrian Jowitt from Postlip Hall purchased shearling ewes early in the spring.

 

Lucy and Andy from Fish Farm, Hopesay in Shropshire also purchased shearling ewes to start their own flock "Hope de Say" named after their medieval village.

 

Tim Bird took delivery of ewe lambs to start a new flock near Ross on Wye and Lizzy Parker from Penybanc bought a ram lamb, Vault Herbie, to use with her flock this Autumn.

 

Our stock list and their pedigree can be viewed online - click to view

Zoe and Ken - June 2020


Ram Hire 2020/2021

We can offer you a choice from a number of quality ram lambs. These would happily tup a small number of ewes from November onwards. Hire would typically be from November to January. Booking in advance would save disappointment!

 

Vault Theo is already booked out locally from  November 2020 to start a new flock by tupping a number of ewes from the Crowkeld flock in Yorkshire.


Alternately, if you have a mixed aged flock and do not want to put all of them to the ram, then we can consider homing your ewes with ours over the tupping period.


They would be running with Sycamore Inverlochy.

prevoius Ram Hire

In the past few years we have loaned various rams, both 2 and 4 horned, including:


Victor on loan to Stuart and Linda Jarvis of the Click-em-Wood flock. His offspring have won many rossettes at national shows over the last few years including a first at the HSS National Show in 2019 with Bluebell 2nd, which is now owned by Cathy Cassie.


When Victor returned he became our main ram for tupping and has remained so until 2018/19. He is starting a new line of progeny for Ben and Gill who have a flock in nearby Kington, Herefordshire.


Lisa and Steven Higginbottom from the Rhydoldog estate near Rhyader loaned Erik our 4 horned ram over winter 2014/15. They then loaned Orion to tup their flock over winter 2015/16.


In 2018 Titan, our prize winning shearling ram, was on loan to Jayne Neville in Ceredigion Wales and this year (2019/20) he was off for winter tupping in Holbeach, Lincolnshire with Helen MacDonald.He settled in so well that they chose to keep him as their main ram.


Theo - Reserve Champion at Royal County of Berkshire Show 2019 was on loan this year to Trevor and Clare in Oxford, tupping some 12 ewes.


Adventurous!

For the more adventurous, we can supply the carcass whole, enabling you to become a home butcher! It is quite simple - Click to play a YouTube HD video.  

Tried Authentic Hebridean?

The meat of the Hebridean has a unique and distinct taste. It is ideal as a roasted joint or made into casseroles and tagines. It can be purchased directly from us as boxed meat at certain times of the year. It’s not just us - Hebridean meat is in demand by top chefs and restaurateurs as it lends itself well to gourmet meals.


Our lambs are reared until they are approximately 15 months old, which we feel is the perfect age for the combination of tenderness, flavour and size. They are allowed to develop and grow slowly, giving a high quality meat, low in fat and full of taste. At this age they are classed and sold as hogget.


This slow to mature way yields a lean but very flavoursome meat with a thin covering of fat.


Slaughter is at our local private abattoir at Leintwardine where they prepare the carcass to our specific requirements after hanging it for a week. The carcass is typically 20+kg or a little more before cutting up.


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Zoe and Ken
Yonkin Farm
Kinnerton
Powys
LD8 2PF



Phone: 07796 082297



Phone: 01547 560161


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