At Dale Cottage Farm ‘Dalebrook' flock of pedigree registered pure Derbyshire Gritstone sheep all have access to a varied diet of species-rich meadow grassland including wild flowers and hedgerow plants which is managed in accordance with our Natural England Environmental Stewardship agreement
Rob first started breeding Derbyshire Gritstone sheep in the early 1990's when 6 shearling ewes and a ram lamb were purchased from the Gritstone breed sale at the old Haslingden market in Lancashire. Since then the ‘Dalebrook' Flock of Derbyshire Gritstone sheep has grown significantly and now comprises of over 200 breeding ewes.
This is generally a closed ewe flock with replacement tups being introduced every third year. The best gimmer lambs are kept as flock replacements, wether lambs sold as fatstock at local markets and exceptional tup lambs are kept for breedsales at both Clitheroe & Bakewell market autumn sales.
Rob is on the Derbyshire Gritstone Sheepbreeders Society (DGSS) committee and is also one of the society’s nominated registrars, which allows him to inspect other members sheep and grade & register them according to the society’s rules. This ensures that only the highest quality sheep can be “registered” and sold as such.
The Derbyshire Gritstone sheep is classed as a “native breed at risk” according to Natural England and we are committed to its preservation under our Higher Level Stewardship agreement.