Image: Yearling ewes in the Spring showing peeling fleeces
Of all our breeds, we feel that the Wiltshire Horn has the most exciting future and it is for this reason that we have built up our numbers to over 200 ewes. It is the only widely available native breed that naturally sheds its wool. This is increasingly important as the price paid for wool drops against, not only the rising cost of shearing, but also the difficulty in getting small numbers of sheep shorn. Add to this the other costs directly attributable to wool - dagging, dipping etc. and it can be seen that in the present conditions in the sheep industry the peeling of wool is a priceless trait. We have found that the ewes are excellent milky mothers and also that the lambs finish well off grass. For those breeding their own ewes, the Wiltshire Horn ram offers the opportunity to breed peeling ewes.
Image: Gorse Trumpeter
This is a photograph of Gorse Trumpeter, a prolific show winner, subsequently sold to Gatcombe Estate. We have found that the Wiltshire sired lambs are noticeably quicker on their feet and more lively and active than those sired by Down rams. This valuable trait has long been recognised and Wiltshire rams have proved popular for use on ewe lambs for this reason. The Wiltshire Horn is gaining increasing recognition from commercial flockmasters both as a useful terminal sire in todays market as well from those seeking to breed the wool off their flock.
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