Exmoor Horn sheep: A hardy upland breed

Exmoor Horn sheep primarily raised for wool. They are ancient breed indigenous to Exmoor, Devon county(United Kingdom). An excellent grass breeding sheep that is cheaply maintained at high altitudes.

Exmoor Horn sheep breed information

A medium built the white face and white fleece with a medium length fleece.

The mature Exmoor Horn ram weighs around 70 kg(160 lb) and ewe weighs 50 kg(110 lb).

The height of the Exmoor ram is 77 cm to withers and ewe is 65 cm to withers.

Both the sexes are horned. They have large curling horns.

The average fleece weight is around 2.25 kg to 3 kg. The breed has a fine fleece with a good staple length of 8 to 12 cm.

The Exmoors are long-lived and produce high quality finished lambs.

The Exmoors are a hardy breed, are prolific sheep and good mothers.

Exmoors wanted to withstand high rainfall at the Exmoor hills in order to survive. They show minimal foot trouble.

They have a docile temperament.

The lambing percentage of Exmoor is around 150 percent.

Things to know

Only 15,000 ewes are registered Exmoor.

when crossed with a Blue Faced Leicester ram, the ewe makes an excellent Exmoor Mule for use with a terminal sire and has a high lambing percentage.

Brief characteristics of Exmoor Horn sheep

Breed NameExmoor Horn sheep
Other Name  
Country/Place of Origin United Kingdom
Breed Purposewool
Breed Sizemedium
70 kg(160 lb)
Ewe(Female)50 kg(110 lb)
Kiddingsingle or twins
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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