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These animals are relatively new to our farm. We were looking for a breed of sheep that would compliment our goats and cattle in terms of overall pasture use for companion grazing. We wanted a unique breed of a smaller, more manageable size that was hardy, healthy and low maintenance. The Black Welsh Mountain Sheep fit that bill to a T.

Rams of this breed are horned and posses a lovely black curling horn set. Ewes are naturally polled. These animals are small in size, are somewhat timid, but quickly adaptable to almost any situation or change in routine. There is no upper size limit, but the average height at the shoulder falls between 20 and 30 inches. Mature ewes weigh in at 100lbs and mature rams weigh between 130 – 145 lbs. Their tails must remain undocked to be registered as purebred stock. The tails are hairless on the underside and as such, these sheep are naturally resistant to fly strike. This breed seems to be a little more level headed than some of the more commercial breeds and will not startle as easily. They produce a lovely black wool known as “cuchddu” due to the reddish colouring that can be present on the ends of the fiber. Average fleece weights range from 2.2 – 5.5 pounds.

Our stock is from as wide a genetic base as we could find given the breeds history and the border closure. Our animals are registered with the American Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Association.

We also offer a limited amount of freezer lamb meat for sale each year. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

For further information, please see the following links:

www.blackwelsh.org - American Black Welsh Mountain Association

www.blackwelshmountain.org.uk - Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Breeders Association in Britian

www.wool.ca/english/docs/0/1278.asp - Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers

 

 

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