This week we head North again to Snape in North Yorkshire, home to the Westend Flock, owned by Cieran Imeson.
The Westend Flock was established in 2011 with two ewes, Cieran now runs seven ewes and has retained one ewe lamb from last years lambs. The sheep graze an acre behind Cieran’s home and other fields are rented in the Village. Cieran choose the breed as it is very distinctive and stands out from the rest in his words “I just think they are unique”.
When choosing a Kerry Cieran looks for a “well marked sheep without an excessive amount of black e.g. ears, mouth, nose and around the eyes.” They must have character too! With this in mind, Cieran purchased his latest tup Gemstone Cat Eyes from Anna Wilson, he has these qualities and has been worth every penny of his investment!
Cieran aims to keep the breed thriving and would like to increase his numbers as well as showing at local shows, breeding good quality sheep to keep and sell. Cieran is also on the look out for more land to allow him to achieve his amibitions.
Cieran is grateful to receive advice regarding halter training but due to attending high school and studying a Batchelors of Science degree in Agriculture at Askham Bryan College he hasn’t had much time to hone his skills. But hopes this year is the year to practice.
Cieran is also a keen photographer of the great outdoors and of course Kerry Hills make a good subject for the camera.
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