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Breeds of Livestock - Welsh Hill Speckled Face Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Welsh Hill Speckled Face Sheep

Welsh Hill Speckled Face

    welhs.jpgThe Welsh Hill Speckled Face is a derivative of Welsh Mountain with some sources indicating that Kerry Hill breedings was also introduced at some point. The breed originated in the Devil's Bridge and hill areas of Mid Wales. It is generally larger in size than the Welsh Mountain with a finer fleece and black markings on the nose, eyes, ears, knees and feet. The males are either polled or horned and the ewes are polled. It is crossed with the Blue-faced Leicester to produced the Welsh Mule cross.

    Staple length is 7 to 12 cm with a fleece weight of 1.5 to 2.0 kg. The spinning count of the wool is 48's to 50's. It is used mainly for tweeds and carpets in Britain.

    References:

    British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.

    Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

    Photographs:

    British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.

 


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