Clun Forest sheep
The Damburgh Flock
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This page provides you with information about the Clun Forest sheep breed and more especially the flock of Gerard and Gabrielle Scholtes in Bodegraven in the province Zuid-Holland, in The Netherlands.
The Damburgh flock numbers some twenty ewes and two rams, all of which are entered in the Dutch pedigree register.
Every spring about 35 lambs are born and in June all the lambs are inspected before they can be entered in the pedigree register. The best lambs are selected for breeding.
Each year we sell a number of young breeding ewes and most of our lambs to other (often new/beginner) sheep owners.
yearling ewe with ewe lamb
of 5 weeks old (April)
the same ewe and ewe lamb in August 4 months later (the ewe was shorn in May)
Our flock has the "meada visna/zwoegervrij" certificate and we also participate in the Dutch scrapie eradication programme. All of our sheep are genotype ARR/ARR.
We are a member (Gerard is also member of the board and the inspection comittee) of the Clun Forest Sheep Association in The Netherlands, a enthusiastic group with about 130 breeders.
In the summer we take some sheep and lambs to shows, where we can compare them with those of other breeders. These shows are very sociable occasions, where colleague breeders can meet and chat with each other about their sheep.
Key characteristics of Clun Forest sheep are:
- meat-wool sheep with great adaptability
- easy lambing and excellent mothering instinct
- ewes are good milkers
- alert and lively
- live to a high average age
Cluns have proud, black/darkbrown heads with upright ears, which are never still.
In the Netherlands Cluns are kept mainly as a hobby.
The Shepherd´s Journal (Feb. 2000): " If you are a novice breeder or if you do not have much time for management, then this is the breed for you".
Ewe lambs 5 months old
National Clun Forest Show Ermelo
Our proud ewe Polly with her quadruplets born on March 1, 1998.
At the time this photograph was taken the lambs were
2 weeks old.
All four lambs grew up successfully and attracted a lot of attention near the Clun Forest stand at the National Sheep Show in Utrecht in 1998.
In 1999, 2000 and 2001 she again had quadruplets! In 2002, 2003 and 2004 she got triplets. In 2005 and 2006 she got twins. In 2007 she got a single, a nice and lively ewe lamb. In 2008 and 2009 she did not lamb anymore. Polly died when she was 16 years old.
(Lambs get their cream coloured fleece after 7-8 weeks.)
This group of ewes became National Champion at the National Clun Forest Show.
The Dutch Clun Forest sheep originate from Great Britain and were first imported into The Netherlands in 1979;
since then, new bloodlines have been imported regularly.
Read more about our Clun Forest sheep from the renowned Guifron Flock in England. Interesting background and pictures of the Guifron Flock. Click here.
These five ewes were imported by some breeders
from Scotland in 1994.
Some of our ewes originate from these blood lines.
This splendid picture was taken by Jan Wever,
chairman of the Clun Forest Association
in the Netherlands.
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