Hawkhurst Estate-
               Wiltshire Stud Sheep

Hawkhurst Estate. Wiltshire Ram, Sheep, LambDeveloped on the exposed sheep walks of the Wiltshire Downs, the Wiltshire Horn is a hardy minority breed, well adapted to range over large expanses of poor quality pasture in search of forage. Its characteristic lack of wool is unique amongst sheep and offers distinct welfare advantages. A breed with established commercial uses.

Farming can much more enjoyable with Bald Wiltshire sheep. They ease your workload, reduced costs and reduce back pain!! Bald Wiltshires - No Dagging, No Shearing, No Drenching, Vaccinating or Dipping. Easy care, High Fertility Sheep. Hardy fast growing lambs! No cast sheep or extra hassles because of wool. The Wiltshire breed puts all its energy into growing meat!

Tolerant of hot and cold climates – developed on exposed open Downs and thus can cope with cold, but dry, conditions. White skin and lack of wool makes the breed also well suited to warmer climates. These sheep are keen on areas of scrub or small trees to shelter in at night and in bad weather, they are agile and active – adapted to ranging over and coping with sparse, poor quality grazing, often on steep downland.

Easy to care – shearing unnecessary as it grows little or no wool, and the short winter fleece, mainly a thick mat of hair on the back, is naturally shed in spring. Does not become entangled in Bramble or other prickly species.

Adult ewes and rams have an average weight of 72kg and 126kg
respectively. Both sexes are horned; the rams have heavy spiral horns. Fleece and skin white; some individuals have a few small black spots.

Easily bread these sheep give hassle free birth. Lambs are vigorous and quickly on feet. Standard stock fence with single top wire is sufficient. Wiltshires are intelligent and graze more independently than other sheep. They are agile, moving quickly and easily through rough terrain. They still exhibit an unequalled ability to survive and thrive where other breeds would not. Wiltshires have proven themselves as a Very Hardy NZ breed. For our organic farming venture, we discovered the Wiltshire breed is best.

In Australia and England organic farmers and scientific research farms also found them unbeatable. Wiltshires have no dags & are the most parasite & fly resistant compared to other breeds. Meat yields are high and Restaurants favour the very tasty fine textured Wiltshire lamb.

Wiltshire stud sheep and lamb. Hawkhurst wine organic Wiltshire sheep & lamb

Wiltshire will eat young scrub and hedgerows, including Sycamore, Ash, Blackthorn, Oak, Hawthorn and Brambles. Also takes Thistles. Wiltshire can be friendly and docile when regularly exposed to humans.

There is a market for breeding stock of Wiltshire as a minority breed with proven commercial attributes. Wiltshire meat is lean, tender and with good flavour. Wilshire lambs are fast growing and reach slaughter weight without excess fat.

WILTSHIRES CAN LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES. Benefit from over 20 years of chemical free, organic breeding.