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Black Welsh Mountain Sheep

The BLACK WELSH MOUNTAIN is a small, black sheep with no wool on the face or on the legs below the knee and hock. It is the only completely black breed of sheep found in the United Kingdom. The rams are typically horned and the females are polled (hornless). Mature ewes average 100 lbs (45 kg) while mature rams can range from 132 - 143 pounds (60 - 65 kg). Most purebred animals are relatively short, typically measuring between 20 - 30 inches (50 - 75 cm) at the shoulders.

The black wool, known as Cochddu (reddish brown) is sufficiently fine, soft and densely stapled and therefore regarded as a specialty type. The fleece from the BLACK WELSH MOUNTAIN has generated special interest among knitters, hand spinners and weavers.

Black Welsh Mountain Sheep are a dual purpose breed providing excellent mild mutton and a durable fleece with moderate lustre and good loft.

A few facts:
Today mostly found in: United Kingdom, extends into Mainland Europe, North America
Weight of fleece: 2,5 to 4 lbs. (1,5 to 1,8 kg)
Micron Count: 33μm to 26μm
Staple length: 3 to 4 inches (80 to 100 mm)

The BLACK WELSH MOUNTAIN is considered a rare breed by the RBST (Rare Breed Survival Trust).