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Breeds of Livestock - Welsh Mountain Badger Face Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Welsh Mountain Badger Face Sheep

Welsh Mountain Badger Face

    welshmountainbadgerface-web.jpgAlso Known By: Badger Faced Welsh Mountain, Defaid Idloes, Welsh Badger-faced

    The Welsh Mountain Badger Face is a color variation of the Welsh Mountain. It is an ancient Welsh breed which was once common in the Welsh Mountains. Number so this breed fell during the Middle Ages when the cloth trade demanded a white wool. Numbers are now on the increase. The main type is known by Torddu which means blackbelly but there is also a rarer Torwen which is the reverse coloration, black with a white belly.

    The Torddu variation have a distinctive broad striped face with a black band from jaw to belly and extending to the underside of the tail. The main fleece varies from pure white to light tan. Rams have dark spiral horns and the ewes are polled (hornless).

    Staple length is 7 to 10 cm with a fleece weight of 1.5 to 2.0 kg. The spinning count of the wool is 46's to 56's. It is used mainly for carpets in Britain.

    welshmountainbadger-web-2.jpg 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.

    John Thompson, Animal Photography, Marylebone Mews, London W1G 8PY.

 


Added January 10, 1997, updated June 27, 2003

 

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