Wiltshire Horn Sheep Breed Information
The Wiltshire Horn sheep breed developed in the south of England, where its history dates back over numerous centuries. They are sometimes incorrectly described as hair sheep, but they are in fact wool sheep, which have the capability of shedding (often they do so annually, in the spring). The Wiltshire Horn sheep breed is the only breed which sheds its wool annually in this way. The breed is valued for its meat production, and today the breed has become popular because the breed reduces the cost of shearing to zero, an advantage for many shepherds. Their meat is favorable and the sheep themselves grow rapidly. Wiltshire history shows that they started to gain popularity during the 17th century but almost reached extinction at the start of the 20th century. All white with black points, this sheep breed is able to pass along their meat quality when used in crossbreeding. Both Wiltshire Horn ewes and rams have horns and they are considered to be a rare breed.
Wiltshire Horn Sheep Breed Info.
MATURE BODY WEIGHT
Ram 250-300 lb
Ewe 130-175 lb
AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER
USDA Wool Grade N/A