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An old-fashioned breed of black-face sheep - which unfortunately nearly became extinct in the early 1900's, as stock were replace with'improved' breeds, such as the Leicester Longwool and Southdown. By 1919 only one flock remained and in 1950 there were only 10 registered ewes and two rams.
The breed was saved by the introduction of Suffolk bloodlines. A slightly larger breed, the Suffolk, developed from the Norfolk Horn and the Southdown, closely resembles a larger Norfolk Horn. Both sexes are horned and long legged with black faces and legs. Mature ewes weigh about 70kg.
The breed still needs support, as it is still listed as 'endangered by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust. For more information contact the breed society at: Boxmoor Trust, 69 High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 3AF. Tel: 01442-240938. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'