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Manx Loaghtan Sheep
A long-horned sheep native to the Isle of Man. (Loaghtan is the Manx word for the dark colour of the fleece - it"s derived from the words lugh (mouse) and dhoan (brown) or from lhost dhoan (burnt brown)]. They are slow-growing, and nearly became extinct as they were considered uncommercial. They are still listed as 'at risk' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust', but have gained recent popularity, partly through the efforts of the trust and their breeders group, which can be contacted at: Manx Loghtan Breeders Group, 2 Biddlesden, Brackley, Nothampton, NN13 5TR.
However, this situation has been reversed. Their meat has excellent flavour, is dark, finely-grained and low in fat and cholesterol, with a good meat-to-bone ratio. See 'Rare Breed Trust'; Meat is available from 'The Manx Loaghtan Produce Company' - see our Mail Order Section