Our sheep

We have chosen 2 different Dutch sheep breeds for our landscape management.

The first breed is the Maasduinen Sheep. This sheep has as important advantage that is sheds its coat same as other mamals such as horses and dogs. This is a big benefit as the sheep do not need shaving in the summer time when the temperatures are increasing. In addition the loose coat is happily collected by birds who use it to build their nests. Another big advantage of this breed is the absence of horns and the high vertility . This in combination with an average of 2,8 lambs per ewe and a good workable charakter, makes this sheep a valuable addition to our herds.

Our other breed is the other typical Dutch grazing sheep which was bred for grazing of the rural and bewildered medows in the south-east part of the Netherlands. This sheep is high on his legs so he has no problems to step over low grass and plants. But it also has a good appetite for all different kind of grass and plants and is ideal for hogweed control and supressing other unwanted plants in special areas. The kempisch Heideschaap looks more similar to “standard white wool sheep”, except for its markings on their head and legs, some of our sheep have distinct spotted paterns which makes it more easy to note individuals in the big herd.

Fertilitywise the Kempische Heideschaap has an average of about 1,8 lambs per year. This is less than the Maasduinenschaap, but almost always they are able to give birth by them selves and they are very good in raising their lambs on their own, especially since they usually have 1 or 2 lambs only.

The Maasduinen schaap on the other had is more fertile and able to have lambs both in the early spring and in the autumn. Especially on the Solarparks, where the solar panels provide shelter from the weahter (wind, rain, sun )are the ideal circumstances for lambs to grow up tob e healty and strong sheep.