WHITE FACED WOODLAND SHEEP
Previously called Penistone, after the Yorkshire town where they were traded in the 17th century. The latter name is taken from an area between Derwent and Glossop in the Peak District.
A hardy, robust sheep which can adapt to both its native hills, open woodland and lowland. This breed of sheep exhibit a large frame with a lean carcase and have a good mothering ability. They are white, have a broad face with pink nose and white legs which are free from wool. Rams have heavily spiralled horns. The white fleece is strongly grown and can cope with the harshest of weather.
Not numerous, the breed is classed as an endangered "vulnerable" rare breed by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) and the Whitefaced Woodland Sheep Society (WWSS) and there are probably less 200 purebred breeding ewes across the UK that are registered with both these breed societies.
Young fleece is particularly sought after as it is considered to be very fine for spinning and knitting. More established fleece is excellent to produce beautiful carpets. They are particularly good sheep for Conservation Grazing and can produce excellent lamb for the table.
The Clandon Park Whitefaced Woodland flock may be a commercial sheep farming enterprise at West Clandon but in creating a flock of 1,500 purebred registered breeding ewes we are helping to save this magnificent breed of sheep.
If you develope a large flock of an endangered species then the last thing you need is to allow disease to destroy them. That is why the Clandon Park flock new additions have to go through a double quarantine before they may join the clean flock. Further more, the quality of care of this flock will be of the highest possible standards setting a standard in rare breed management.
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