Dartmoor Commoners Council

CLEARANCE OF SHEEP

Under the Dartmoor Commonersí Council Regulations commoners are legally required to remove their sheep from the common in the autumn for a given period. They are gathered into the farmstead so that the animals can be treated for parasites and disease.

As rams are prohibited from the commons in summer and early autumn, the ewes are mated at this time before they are turned back onto the common to produce lambs in the following spring. This explains why the use of the common is so closely tied to the farms and fields adjacent to it.

 

 

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