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Meet the Sheep
Here at Lily Warne Wool we keep a pure bred flock of Greyface Dartmoor sheep, just as Lily Warne did herself when the breed was first developed. All of our sheep are registered with the Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association whom we work closely with to help promote this wonderful but sadly endangered breed. Our flock originates from some of the oldest bloodlines in the country and can be seen at numerous local agricultural shows where we show our sheep. We are very hands on and proud to be shepherds as well as wool producers and designers and love to share the story of our flock throughout the year from lambing in February to shearing in May…..so please do follow our social media feeds for regular updates from the flock!
The Greyface Dartmoor
The Greyface Dartmoor is also known as the Dartmoor or “Improved” Dartmoor. Attractive, quiet and easily handled the Dartmoor have their enthusiasts throughout the country and provide a natural focal point whenever they appear. Descended from the local breeds, which grazed the low ground in and around Dartmoor, they have an immensely strong constitution and a wonderfully heavy fleece which we use to create our lovely products.
The Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association was established in 1909 to standardise, promote and develop the breed, which was well established in three areas, the South Hams, Tavistock and of course Chagford (the home of Lily Warne herself). Today flocks are kept throughout England,Wales and south of Scotland, some sheep have also been exported. However the breed still needs help and Lily Warne Wool is committed to helping ensure the survival of this breed that is and has always been integral to our family farming history.