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Blackface/black face Sheep
A type of sheep popular in the West Coast of Scotland. They are one of the hardiest British breeds. They were, however, a development of two other main breeds - the Shropshire (72%), and the Oxford (28%). They are popular as they produce around 5kg of uniform wool, and are robust in inclement weather. Ewes average about 63kg and the rams 95kg. Their popularity has been at the expense of other traditional breeds - many of which are under threat.
They unwittingly played a part in the notorious Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries, which saw thousands of people evicted to make way for large-scale sheep farming. They provide lean, dark and sweet meat - although they look aggressive on the hillsides. See "Rare Breed Survival Trust"; "Sheep";