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Castlemilk Moorit

A breed of sheep developed from a combination of Shetland, Soay and Manx Loghtan sheep by the Buchanan-Jardine family to grace the parkland of their home near Lockerbie in Dumfriesshire in the early 1900's.

They are light tan or moorit in colour, with white underpants and short, tight wool - once popular for hand spinning. Both sexes develop two long strong, uniformly shaped horns. They are short-tailed and long-legged (resembling a heavy goat, from a distance). Their meat is excellent, animals having the bonus of a high meat to bone ratio, with low-fat meat and a distinct flavour.

Unfortunately, the stock of Castlemilk Moorit's are listed as 'critical' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust - a recent survey showing that only about 450 breeding females survive - so the trust need your support. For more information contact the breed society at: Creacombemoor Cottage, Rackenford, Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8EW. Tel: 01884-881222. See 'Rare Breed Survival Trust'

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