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Lakeland sheep

By Marianne van Loo Associate

Hefting is a traditional method of managing flocks of sheep on large areas of common land and communal grazing. Initially, sheep had to be kept in an unfenced area of land by constant shepherding. Over time this has become learned behaviour, passed from ewe to lamb over succeeding generations. . Hefted sheep have a greater tendency to stay together in the same flock or community and in a recognised grazing area (the heft).

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