NZ5200 : A moorjock on Barkerís Ridge

taken 7 months ago, 3 km from Chop Gate, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

A moorjock on Barkerís Ridge
A moorjock on Barkerís Ridge
Grazing below Stony Wicks, a scrappy sandstone set of crags at the head of Scugdale, this moorland sheep is oblivious to the eerie sight of the morning fog creeping up the dale from the Vale of Cleveland. Colloquially known as Moorjocks, this sheep is probably a Swaledale, said to be one of the mountain breeds descended from a small flock that was on board a fleeing ship of the Spanish Armada that was wrecked off the coast of Cumberland.

When I was working on the construction yards of Teesside I remember hearing moorjocks used as a derogatory name for dales folk supposedly because they rarely left the dale in which they were born, hefted to the dale just like the sheep is to the moor.

On some grouse moors sheep are used as tick mops to control ticks which weaken the young chicks. The sheep would be dipped up to 5 times per year to kill off the ticks and then released again to collect more ticks.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 October, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 22 October, 2018
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Primary Subject of Photo
Sheep 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 5259 0013 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:23.6363N 1:11.4937W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 5263 0013
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Dale  Valley  Swaledale  Sheep  Fog 

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