A SHEEP case of no common interest to Herdwick sheep farmers, was tried last week in London.  The cause of the dispute arose in Ulpha, and the question at issue was one which vitally touched the whole system under which these sheep are associated with, belong to, are maintained on, and are transferred with the fell sheep farms.
It was the case of a mortgage, and the Judge held that the practice of associating a certain number of sheep with the farm, made them for this purpose part of the realty, and that it is feasible to mortgage the sheep with a farm, and claim the number to be maintained in the same way as it has to be between tenant and landlord.
This is in effect another legal buttress to a local custom, the beginnings of which are lost in the mists of antiquity.