Isaac has been at the National Trust owned Fell Foot Farm since 2006. His father and grandfather before him farmed elsewhere in the South Lakes. Isaac’s flock of Herdwicks have been on the fells by the farm for many generations but he has concerns about the future if stocking reductions go too far.
'The Herdwick breed needs a certain amount to sustain itself. There has to be a big enough gene pool to keep it healthy. And if you keep reducing the sheep, you reduce the labour requirement. If you reduce the labour requirement, where’s the next generation? You’ve taken that out of the equation. Therefore, it’s not sustainable.’