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, and the breed has the capability of shedding (often they do so annually, in the spring). The Wiltshire Horn breed is the only breed which sheds its wool annually in this way.
Why Raise Wiltshire Horn?
Farmers value this breed 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.
History of the Wiltshire Horn Breed
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. Today the breed is considered to be a rare breed.
Wiltshire Horn Sheep Breed Information
|MATURE BODY WEIGHT||Ram: 250-300 lbs.|
Ewe: 130-175 lbs.
|AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER||Micron: N/A|
USDA Wool Grade: N/A
To learn more about this breed you can visit the Wiltshire Horn Sheep Society’s website.