We here at Claddach believe that animals should be raised in as natural and as healthy a setting as possible. This is why we rely on managed rotational grazing for all of our animals.
By alloting a grazing pasture for a short duration there is increased utilisation of feed and better dispersion of manure. Managed, intensive grazing allows for long rest periods which both the grass and animals benefit from. By constantly moving across pasture there is time for plants and soil to be fertilised and regrow. This whole process increases soil fertility, maximises the output of green growth and keeps parasites minimised.
Because the animals are harvesting their own food they are getting the freshest, most nutrient dense feed they can. This translates to higher beneficial fats, omega-3s and CLA’s in meat and milk. Ultimately, rotational grazing is better for the soil, the animals and ourselves. It is in our best interest to keep our animals healthy and happy by providing the best feed we can either by grazing or locally sourced hay and haylage and by providing fresh air and sunshine and letting them be sheep, cattle and alpacas!
Claddach Farm consists of:
Breeding Ewes; Suffolk X, Texel, Cheviot and Mixed Breed
8 Tup boys; 1 Texel, 1 Cheviot, 3 Beltex and 3 Bluefaced Leicester
67 Shetland Breeding Ewes, approximately 120 Shetland lambs and our pedigree Shetland Tups, Hamish and Wallace
4 Heifer Calfs – Daisy, Nell, Flora & Filska
4 Bullocks – Haldor, Rorie, Guiness and Dougal
1 Bull – Archie
8 Female alpacas – Minerva, Greer, Mama Mia, Brida, Saphira, Bonita, Granada and Havanna
7 Crias (Baby alpacas) – Harris, Jura, Rona and Tiree from 2017 and Eriskey, Rum and Skye from 2018
2 Females – Shiel and Ness
1 Male – Tay
1 Chulengo (Baby Guanaco) – Lomond
2 Females – Jelly Tot and Zucchini
1 Male – Oreo