Each year the lambs are named with the same initial letter. In 2014 it was the letter “S” and this year (2017) it has come around to the letter “U”. The three lambs are named :-
· Umar (after Umar Gull the Pakistani cricketer) He has a purple ear tag
· Uma (after Uma Thurman the American actress) She has a blue tag
· Una (after Una Stubs the English actress) She has a blue ear tag
They are not a rare breed. Thousands live on their native Shetland Islands. Ironically, because Shetland Sheep produce such fine wool the Islands are probably more famous for knitwear than the native sheep. Like the other icon of the Shetland Islands, the Shetland Pony, Shetland sheep are diminutive which makes them an ideal smallholders animal. I like them for their terrier like qualities. They are canny sheep both good-natured and sharp-witted.