Farm Animals

As Highside Farm is a working farm we thought we would introduce you to some of the animals you are likely to meet during a visit.


mule-sheepNorth of England Mule

The North of England Mule is unsurpassed as a profitable, easy care ewe. It is sired by the Bluefaced Leicester and its dam is a Swaledale or Northumberland type Blackface, both breeds known for their hardiness.

The breed is in demand by farmers looking for a ewe to breed and rear large crops of quality lambs in the lowlands.

blue-facedBlue faced Leicester

Bluefaced Leicester sheep are the most popular crossing sire throughout the British isles. They have curly threadlike wool which makes it considerably lighter than others. Some fleeces only weigh 1 to 3 kg (2.2 to 6.6 lb). These particular kind of sheep have no wool on the head or neck, although the pattern and shape of the wool is most like the Wensleydale.

the-texelThe Texel

The Texel sheep originates from the Island of Texel, one of the North Western Islands off Holland, where it has been known since Roman times.

The Texel has primarily been developed as a meat breed. Its harsh native environment has led to the development of a sheep that thrives on poor pastures and requires only modest amounts of feed in the run-up to lambing and whilst suckling.

Texel lambs have a tremendous get-up-and-go attitude, searching hard for milk as soon as they are born.


The Swaledale sheep has proved itself to be a bold, hardy sheep, well fitted to endure the hardships of exposed and high lying situations.

It is of an alert nature and is a good thriver. The ewes make most excellent lamb shearers. The wool is admitted to be more durable in wear and of even texture.

Being excellent feeders and of strong constitution, as mutton producers they are second to none.

LimousinLimousin Cows

These golden-red cattle are native to the south central part of France in the regions of Limousin and Marche. The terrain of the homeland has been described as rugged and rolling with rocky soil and a harsh climate. Consequently, the growing of field crops was very difficult at best and emphasis was placed on animal agriculture. Limousin cattle, as a result of their environment, evolved into a breed of unusual sturdiness, health and adaptability. This lack of natural resources also enabled the region to remain relatively isolated and the farmers free to develop their cattle with little outside genetic interference.