A farm working with nature on Shetland
Uradale farm is a farm focused on working with nature and the importance of native breeds. These efforts were recognised in 2022 when they won the RBST Sustainable Farm of the Year.
Uradale covers about 1200 acres of naturally challenging land with grazing available right from the hill tops down to the shores. The sheep are hefted to their own hills and forage from the heather summits down the valley sides right onto the seaweed at the tideline. The flock of 500 ewes are remarkable weather forecasters. When the wind blows they know where to go for shelter. The ewes lamb themselves without any need for intensive supervision.
Uradale has been managed environmentally for biodiversity over 20 years. Numbers of breeding birds, particularly curlew, plover, snipe, oystercatchers and peewit have benefitted from the Organic activities. Many flowering herbs and orchids bring vivid colours throughout the summertime. Areas have been set aside from livestock production to allow trees to re-establish. Considerable efforts have been made to encourage a variety of habitats and species like the growing numbers of bumble bees which enjoy the crops of red clover.
Why we love it
- Fantastic approach to biodiversity
- Sheep farming in tune with nature and the local environment.
- Native breeds producing gorgeous wool and sheepskins.