Lots and lots of sheep

I’ve been to the Devon County Show today – my favourite place is always the sheep marquees. Lots and lots of local and not so local breeds on show. I never cease to be amazed at the passion and dedication that goes into looking after, breeding and showing these breeds. Here are a few pictures.

This is a Devon and Cornwall Longwool – a sheep originally bred for its wool not its meat – a sheep responsible for much of the prosperity now seen in cities like Exeter in the days when wool was king.

A Whiteface Dartmoor

A Greyface Dartmoor

An Exmoor Horn

A Devon Closewool

A Scotch Blackface – the commonest sheep on Dartmoor

A Valais Blacknose – there is a sheep in there somewhere.

A Border Leicester – amazing ears!

A Bluefaced Leicester

A Black Hebridean Sheep – an ancient breed but rather camera shy.

A Shetland Sheep

A Jacob Sheep

The next three types of sheep are recent breeds, bred specifically for their meat production and originating from Holland and Belgium.

This is a Texel

I don’t think he will take any nonsense

This is a Blue Texel

And this is a Beltex – his legs hardly look strong enough to support his body!

As is this one

Sadly though no multi-horned Manx Loaghtan….

This is a great book which tells the history of sheep in Britain and how that made the country rich

2 thoughts on “Lots and lots of sheep

  1. We kept Dorset Horns in Wales lambing in Dec/ Jan to meet the Easter lamb trade . The competition at that time of year is from imported NZ lamb. Perhaps large sheds on Dartmoor could be available for early lambing if traditional suckler herds are allowed back to overwinter on the overgrown commons ?
    Grey face Dartmoor hogget is great eating but Dorset horn or cross lamb is nearly as good !

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