Swaledale Sheep
Swaledale Sheep

Swaledales have been at Haltcliffe for as long as the Ridley family has, with the flock re-established in 2001 with ewes from three of the breed’s leading flocks.

The first of these replacement ewes were bought from the Punchard flock of George and Paul Harker, with a further 15 bought from Tom Robinson’s Catlow flock.

In 2002 a further 10 more of the best Catlow Gimmers were bought at the on-farm sale and the top pen of draft ewes from Robert Thornborrow’s West Stonedale flock.

Early sires used in the restocking included Punchard Dent 1st B29738, a Jubilee Invader son and Punchard Valley 7th B29739, a son of a Valley Farm tup. Both these sires left top quality females and Valley 7th sired tups to 6500 while Dent 1st sired tups to 5000.

Since then new sires have been added as and when required, with Mossdale Crisp, an 18,000 purchase at Kirkby Stephen in 2005 proving to be, one of the leading sires used to date. He is by the 35,000 Catlow E.E.M 3rd, we have sold sons of Crisp up to 7500, but it is his daughters which have been most notable. The best of them won the gimmer hoggs class at Mungrisdale tup show in 2007 and went on to breed Haltcliffe Invader, sold at Hawes 2011 for the flocks top price to date of 26,000.

Another sire making his mark on the Swaledale flock is Buttrigg Jumbo which was bought in partnership for 14,000 at Hawes in 2008 when he was champion at the show and sale. He was the sire of 26,000 Haltcliffe Invader sold at Hawes in 2011.

About 15 Swaledale shearling tups are offered for sale at Hawes and Kirkby Stephen each year with a number of draft ewes and ewe lambs also sold both privately and at local ewe  sales.


Swaledale Stock Rams

Mossdale Crisp

Crisp was bought at Kirkby Stephen in 2005 for 18,000 and has left many good females in the Haltcliffe flock. He is a son of 35,000 sire Catlow E.E.M 3rd and is maternal grandsire to the 26,000 tup Haltcliffe Invader sold at Hawes in 2011.

Mossdale Crisp

Mossdale Crisp


Buttrigg Jumbo

This 14,000 tup was bought at Hawes in 2008 where he was champion in the small breeders section and is by Aygill Viceroy, himself a son of 92,000 Stonesdale Jackpot. He is out of a dam by Aygill Royal. Jumbo has left many good females and his rams are notable too, selling to a top of 26,000 at Hawes in 2011 for Haltcliffe Invader.

Haltcliffe Invader

Haltcliffe Invader 26,000gns


Stonesdale Nevada

Stonesdale Nevada was bought for 15,000 as a shearling from Robert Thornborrow. He was Robert’s first sheep in his last ever pen at Hawes and we bought him in partnership with Jack Wade. He is sired by 12,000 tup Arnfield Youngtoon 22 and is out of a dam by Mossdale Rambo.

Mossdale Crisp

Stonesdale Nevada



This son of 30,000 sire Valley Spot On is out of dam by Bowlees Madison. He was bought at Kirkby Stephen for 7500.



Yan was bought at Kirkby Stephen for 11,000 when he stood champion in the pre-sale show for the Richardson family. He is by Ghyll House Warlock and is out of a dam by 21,000 sire Stonesdale Lantern.


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