Farmer Alan Derryman

Farmer: Alan Derryman

Location: Sidbury, Exeter, UK Breed: Stabiliser

The Farmer

Based in Sidbury, Alan has spent over a decade watching over Home Farm in Somerset. Besides his impressive herd of 700 ewes, his pride and joy is the impressive herd of organic American Stabilisers that he rears.

Stabilisers, although recognised as a pedigree breed in their own right, are actually a carefully bred mix of four older breeds — Simmental, Red Angus, Hereford and Gelbvieh. This is a winning combination of the fleshing ability, marbling, and moderate size of the British breeds with the muscle, milk, and growth rate of continental breeds.

Alan also happens to be a sheep-shearing maestro! Having competed internationally for the last 30 years of his life, Alan’s crowning moment was winning Bronze at the World Sheep-Shearing Championships! Whatever time Alan gets outside his farm, he spends it hosting shearing masterclasses across the globe and shearing for charity. The week before we visited his farm he sheared 450 sheep in 8 hours!