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Sheep Breed?

Observed: 1st October 2011 By: tomdadomtomdadom’s reputation in Mammals
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I think these might be Soays, but there are said to be over 60 breeds in the UK, and it is many years since I worked with any.
I recall that, whatever the weather, they always had cold, soggy, rather smelly fleeces...

the naturalist man's picture


You are right these are Soay sheep, Britain's most primitive breed. Note how the wool looks more like wavy fur rather than curly wool. These sheep are considered a primitive breed because they naturally shed their wool, you pluck it rather than sheering it.

Because these sheep will eat tough tree saplings, indeed appear to love them, they are often used as a conservation tool to prevent the encroachment of scrub into heath and grassland etc.

Graham Banwell

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