Sheep at ActiveLife Farm - North Country Cheviot (NCC)
Gathering NCC ewes and lambs on the island
North County Cheviot's are our sheep of choice! This centuries-old breed thrives in harsh climates and rough pasture. The ewes have excellent maternal instincts, the lambs develop quickly with little fuss, and they produce good quality white short wool.
The lambs yield lean high-quality carcasses and, given their size, provide ample cuts of succulent meat.
The ewes and rams are popular cross-breed choices when selecting for strong maternal instincts, fast-growing young, intelligence, hardiness, and superior carcasses.
The good health, longevity, and independence of this breed is well suited to the Nova Scotia climate, whether on the islands of southwest Nova or the rolling hills of Londonderry.
Many of our sheep live year-round on a large island in southwest Nova Scotia. This traditional 'paddock in the sea' provides an ideal environment for the Cheviots to live in accordance with nature and very little human interference - much as their forbearers experienced in the Scottish Highlands.
Island sheep are robust and healthy, producing lamb of excellent quality and flavour due to their unique diet of grasses, seaweed and kelp.
And, thanks to the sandy island terrain, their fleece is remarkably clean and white.
The Island-raised North Country Cheviots are "easy-keepers" and lambs will be available annually, from October to March.
Registered NCC are also available from our home flock in Londonderry.