Welcome To Selside Zwartbles
We established our Zwartbles flock in 2000, joining the Zwartbles Sheep Association in 2005 to become flock number 286.
The MV accredited flock consists of around 30 registered breeding ewes and a number of registered gimmer lamb replacements.
Our aim is to breed stock to suit both the pedigree and commercial market with emphasis on good confirmation, carcass and markings. Our sheep are natural workers; they are not pushed and graze at around 1,000ft. They have proved themselves to be a hardy breed.
We show our Zwartbles on a small scale at local shows.
Selside Farm is a working hill farm situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park at the centre of the Three Peaks alongside the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway.
The land borders the early River Ribble and runs up onto Simons Fell, in a less favored area ranging from 800ft-2,000ft above sea level. The farm runs Swaledale and North Of England Mule sheep producing Swaledale, Mule and crossbred commercial lambs alongside a beef cattle herd.
About The Breed
The Zwartbles breed originates in the Friesland region of the Netherlands, which can be very cold, wet and windy. They were first brought into the UK in the early 1990’s. They have many characteristics which make them popular including:
- Easy lambing
- Prolific, milky ewes
- Excellent mothers
- Fast growth rate
- Naturally tame
- Very attractive
- Low fat carcass
- Ability to cope with various altitudes and weather conditions
The breed has many characteristics that are desirable for cross breeding and produce lambs with good carcass, skin and growth rate.