How sheepfolds work

Multicellular Sheepfolds

Most of the 3500 sheepfolds in north Wales have just one or two cells and were built as shelters for the sheep, or as somewhere to put injured animals. There is more detail on these and other structures here. However, the larger sheepfolds serve a different purpose. Sheepfolds with 4 or more cells are called multicellular and they represent about 3.5% of the total number (around 100).

Multicellular folds are a way for farmers to reclaim their own sheep when flocks from different farms have been mixing on common grazing ground.