Wiltshire Horn Sheep

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Wiltshire Horn Sheep, the Origional Meat Sheep

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Wiltshire Horn Sheep

  1. 2. <ul><li>A presentation from the Australian Wiltshire Horn Sheep Breeders Association. </li></ul>www.wiltshirehorn.asn.au
  2. 3. <ul><li>Wiltshire Horn Sheep are one of the horned breeds of short-wooled British sheep used for meat. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>They have an ancient heritage and are one of the few original wool shedding sheep breeds. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Ewes as well as rams are horned </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Wiltshire Horn Sheep are well-muscled and lean. </li></ul><ul><li>The meat is top quality and in demand by discerning chefs </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Ewes are highly fertile, with the majority of births being twins. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Triplets and quads are not unusual and are usually raised naturally by their mother. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Wiltshire Horns naturally shed their wool in Spring, starting gradually… </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Then over the next few days more is lost </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>For most of Spring and Summer they have no wool until it grows back in Autumn </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Commercial rams are always available and produce excellent crossbred lambs, whatever the breed of ewe </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Lack of wool means no shearing, crutching, dipping, or controversial mulesing. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Wiltshire Horn Sheep are hardy and have the ability to do well in relatively poor conditions and a range of climates. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Hardiness & lack of wool in summer is combined with a good temperament & excellent mothering… </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>… to make an ideal sheep for small farmers & organic / permaculture / self-sufficient operations. </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>… and ideal for Australia’s difficult future. </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Buy your Wiltshire Horn Sheep from registered breeders to ensure their heritage. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit www.wiltshirehorn.asn.au for more information and Australian breeders. </li></ul>

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