In the 18th and 19th centuries, sheep’s droppings were considered to be the best type of fertiliser. In this sheepfold, droppings were therefore collected in a deep-litter stall. The sheep stood on a layer of dry litter made up of heather and sods of turf. Once the droppings had mixed with this litter, a fresh layer of heather and sods was laid. This created a thick layer of fertile manure.
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