Wiltshire Horn


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Wiltshire Horn

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(Breeds) a breed of medium-sized sheep having horns in both male and female, originating from the Chalk Downs, England
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<B Wiltshire Horn yearling ewe winner of the breed championship with Robert John Thomas from Cnwc Dwnach Farm, Bryngwran, Holyhead Robert Parry-Jones
The Wiltshire Horn rarely has its day in the sun and, as the rain arrived, Anglesey breeder Ben Thomas, Pentycelyn, Trefor, saw his two-year-old homebred ram tapped out as the runner-up.
Most are polled, but some homed animals do occur--the result of crossing the original Katahdins with Wiltshire Horn sheep for improved meat qualities.
WILTSHIRE HORN: Ch - D Thomas, Cae Rhos, Trearddur Bay; R - RJ Thomas, Cnwc Dwnach, Bryngwran.
However, in recent years the farm has built up a flock of 200 Wiltshire Horn sheep with the expectation that the breed has an 'exciting future' ahead of it.
Meat producers could help save several of the hair breeds and coarse-wool breeds, including Karakul, Navajo-Churro and Wiltshire Horn. To learn more about heritage breeds, visit the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy at www.albc-usa.org, or see The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds by Janet Vorwald Dohner.
Ms Dalton, who studied zoology at Edinburgh University and undertook a masters degree in biology before becoming a project officer with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, currently grazes her own Wiltshire horn sheep, Shetland cattle and Fell ponies on a 28-acre piece of hill ground near Kendal.
The breeds involved are Scottish Blackface and crossbred ewes, along with Wiltshire Horn and Texil hoggets.
Other rare breeds to have been destroyed include herds of Chillingham Cattle, Wiltshire Horn Sheep, British Lop Pigs, Wensleydale Sheep, Large Black Pigs and Gloucestershire Old Spots Pigs.
Croix, Dorper, Barbados, Painted Desert, Mouplon, Wiltshire Horn, Tasmanian Spotted, Dall, plus Russian Argali and Rocky Mountain Big Horn crosses.
One absentee from the final was the Wiltshire Horn leader, a two-year-old homebred ram from Will Edwards, Newbough.