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A hill-sheep originating on the borders between Derbyshire and Yorkshire, and also known as the Penistone - where a sheep fair has been held since 1699. it's popularity has declined with the introduction of black-faced varieties which are better suited to the cold, wet, conditions and changes in farming systems.
The Whiteface is one of the largest hill sheep - mature ewes reaching over 60kg. Both sexes are horned, those of the ram being heavy and spiraled.. the tail is especially long and muscular. Kept in lowland areas, the ewes produce large crops of lambs and good milk yields.
Unfortunately, as mentioned, the breed has fallen out of favour and is considered 'vulnerable' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust. For more information, contact: 2 Biddlesden, Brackley, Northants, NN13 5TR. TEL: 01280-850677. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'
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