Poll Dorset Sheep looking for further TV appearances
As the farming side of our business continues to grow, we have recently introduced 36 Poll Dorset Sheep to our original flock. The Poll Dorset is a breed of sheep that was bred for its meat and the name refers to its hornless variation of the Horned Dorset Breed. Poll Dorset’s are an all-white, medium sized sheep and able to breed out of season and we are planning to lamb in January when the park is not open.
Our new ewes which we didn’t realise until we purchased them had been part of the flock which were featured in the recent filming of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ which has just been released in the cinemas. Far from the Madding Crowd, was the fourth novel written in 1874 by Thomas Hardy and who was originally from West Dorset.
The BBC have recently released this review about the film: Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her wilful spirit; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
Over the last few days our almost famous sheep have had their winter coats removed at Highlands End Holiday Park. There was a lot of noise but I am sure that they are a lot more comfortable in the lovely sunshine that we have been experiencing.
If there are any film producers reading this blog and are looking for some sheep to use in a feature film, our Poll Dorset’s are now looking very smart and are ready for their next auditions!