Sheep

The Rare Breed Survival Trust has five criteria for rare breed Sheep, based upon how many registered breeding females (called ewes) are left. This criteria varies for each type of animal.

Sheep

  • Critical – less than 300 breeding ewes left
  • Endangered – 301 to 500 breeding ewes left
  • Vulnerable – 501 to 900 breeding ewes left
  • At Risk – 901 to 1,500 breeding ewes left
  • Minority – 1,501 to 3,000 breeding ewes left

Castlemilk Moorit Sheep

Castlemilk Moorit 230 x 135

How rare are they?

Vulnerable: Between 500 and 901 breeding ewes remaining.

Where do they come from?

These sheep were bred from Moorit Shetland, Manx Loghtan and wild Moufflon sheep in the park of Castlemilk in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

What makes the Castlemilk Moorit so special?

These are the rarest type of sheep we have here at Odds Farm.

How would children identify Castlemilk Moorit Sheep?

They are light tan, or Moorit in colour. They have short, tight wool, which is popular for hand spinning.  They are naturally short tailed and long legged.

Greyface Dartmoor Sheep

Greyfaced Dartmoor 230 x 135

How rare are they?

This breed of sheep is classified as Minority.

Where do they come from?

These sheep are descendants of the native heath sheep of southwest Britain.

What makes the Greyface Dartmoor so special?

They are very friendly and easy to handle and they are polled (no horns).

How would children identify Castlemilk Moorit Sheep?

Children on a day out would recognise the Greyface Dartmoor as they are deep bodied, short legged with a well woolled head and legs. They have mottled, spotted black and grey muzzles and produce a heavy fleece of curly lustre wool.

Whitefaced Woodland Sheep

Whitefaced Woodland 230 x 135

How rare are they?

Vulnerable: less than 900 breeding ewes.

Where do they come from?

This breed was derived from the valley called Woodland, which links Derwent and Ladybower to the Snake Pass and Glossop in the Peak District.

What makes the Whitefaced Woodland so special?

They are a hardy breed of sheep that adapts well to all conditions. The ewes have a good mothering instinct, producing strong lively lambs. The wool is of very fine quality, and is much sought after, not only for its natural colour but also for its ability to take any dye colour.

Balwen Sheep

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Herdwick Sheep

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Jacob Sheep

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Oxford Down Sheep

More information coming soon.