I’ve found little information on this breed of sheep as it has be separated into different breeds. Welsh Mountain sheep are small, hardy sheep from the higher parts of the Welsh mountains.The males have horns, and the females are polled (hornless); they have no wool on the face or legs, and they have long tails (normally left undocked).(wikipedia)

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The Badger Face Welsh Mountain  is a distinct variety of the Welsh Mountain breed of domestic sheep. It is a hardy upland breed known for producing a high percentage of twins and triplets under good conditions. It appears in two sub-varieties of its own: Torddu ([tɔrˈðiː], “black-bellied”), which has a white fleece with dark face and belly, and the Torwen ([tɔrˈwɛn], “white-bellied”), which as a black body with a white belly and white stripes over the eyes. The Torddu is the more common of the two types. In both types, ewes are polled and rams are horned. Although this breeds grows wool, its primarily raised for meat.

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The Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep originates from the Tywi valley in Wales. This breed is raised primarily for meat. The Balwen sheep has a base colour of black, fading to brown in sunlight and greying with age. It has a white blaze on the face, four white feet (referred to as socks), and white covering the last half or more of the tail – the tail is normally left undocked. Otherwise it is of similar type to other Welsh Mountain Sheep. Males have horns, and females are naturally polled.Their wool is graded as soft/medium, and with a medium length staple of 5 – 7.5 cm and a diameter of 32.3 micrometres, it is easy to spin.(wikipedia)

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The Black Welsh Mountain Sheep (Welsh: Defaid Mynydd Duon, pronounced [ˈdevaɪd ˈmənɪð ˈdɪɔn]) is a colour type of the Welsh Mountain sheep. It occurs occasionally in flocks of other colours, but is now often maintained as a separate strain.  Apart from being wholly black, the Black Welsh Mountain is like other Welsh Mountain sheep – small and hardy with no wool on the face or legs; the males are horned, but females are normally polled.


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I found one other breed of Welsh Sheep on the Breeds of Livestock site. It’s called the Welsh Hill Speckled Face. The 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.

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



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