John Kirkpatrick is a young sheep producer based in rural Derbyshire where he has been involved in some pioneering work with Easycare wool shedding sheep which are sheep that essentially “shear themselves” so they are easy to look after. He runs a flock of over 100 sheep and rearing Easycare sheep helps keeps his farm costs down and reduce the need for expensive inputs.
For John sheep farming is about producing great tasting lamb on an extensive grass-based system that utilises herb rich pastures and marginal land which has huge importance to wildlife. “We farm hand in hand with nature producing excellent quality lamb, based on organic principles at an affordable price,” says John.
John is always quick to support industry initiatives. Through his work with the National Sheep Association, as a board member for England, he actively encourages and helps new farmers coming into agriculture, sharing his knowledge and experience freely to help others develop sustainable sheep farming businesses.
As a keen cook, John’s idea of relaxation is cooking up an aromatic Lamb Rogan Josh curry using diced neck or shoulder cuts. He says it’s ideal for mid-week mealtimes or to serve up to friends and family over the weekend. John believes in innovation is the key to the future for sheep farming and one of his popular products are Smoked Lamb Rosemary and Garlic Sausages which are a great way of utilising the old fashioned cuts.