British sheep breeds 英 國 羊 的 品 種

Sat, Jul 15, 2017 - Page 14


The Wensleydale is a breed of domestic sheep that takes its names from the Wensleydale region of North Yorkshire, England, where it originated. With its distinctive grey black face and slightly elongated, upright ears, the Wensleydale was developed by crossing two other breeds, the English Leicester and the Teeswater sheep, in the 19th century. It is one of the largest and heaviest of sheep breeds, and produces some of the finest long wool in the world. Rams weigh about 135 kgs and ewes about 115 kgs.




Unlike the Wensleydale, the Portland is a small sheep. It has a cream-colored fleece and golden tan face and legs. The males have a distinct double spiral set of horns and, while the females are also horned, their horns are lighter and shorter, forming a crescent shape. Another distinctive feature is the “spectacles” formed of pale patches around the eyes.

The Portland is now listed as “at risk.” It almost became extinct in the 1970s, despite once being quite a common breed in the southwest of England.




Manx Loaghtan

The Manx Loaghtan is a rare breed of small sheep with dark brown wool that does not cover its dark brown faces and legs. It generally has four horns, usually small on the ewes but larger on the males, although individuals are also found with two or six horns.

One of the Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds, the Manx Loaghtan descends from the primitive sheep once found throughout Scotland, the Hebrides, and Shetland Islands.

The breed is mainly reared for its meat, which is considered to be a delicacy.

(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)