Cratloe Hills Sheep's Cheese
The pioneers of sheep's cheese in Ireland

About The Sheep

Our flock of 195 sheep are free to roam the pristine rolling hills of our west of Ireland base. The flock is mostly composed of pure Friesland sheep, whom we imported to Ireland in 1987. More recently, we've also been also working with Lacaune-Friesian sheep, a cross of the classic, original Friesian sheep and another variety first coming from Lacaune in southern France. The Lacaune has been proven to provide more solids and minerals than other sheep types - our mission to innovate in producing the finest, healthiest sheep’s cheese blends is always evolving!

We also get milk from locally-farmed sheep with farmers we’ve developed close relationships with over the years. We produce cheese from February through to September, working with the sheep's’ natural cycle from the lambing season over the warmer, more comfortable months.

We also like to give new baby lambs more time with their mothers than most other farms, typically leaving them feed this way for four weeks so they can be carefully integrated onto the farm.