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A breed of sheep - and one of our smallest native breeds. They originated from the island of the same name, off the west coast of Scotland. A group of six were taken off the island in the early 1970's and, although the number on the mainland has risen slightly, the largest population remain as a feral flock on the island. Their numbers are listed as 'critical' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust' - who estimate that about 75 breeding ewes remain.
Adult ewes weigh about 28kg and stand 55cm at the withers. Both sexes are horned. The face and leg colour is mainly black and white or grey and white, often forming a collar around the neck. The fleece is mainly grey or cream in colour and is shed naturally in July. The wool can be used for tweed or carpet yarns and the horns for walking stick or shepherd's crooks. For more information see 'The Rare Breeds Survival Trust'
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