Hill Radnor sheep characteristics

Hill Radnor sheep primarily raised for meat and wool. The breed is originated in the United Kingdom. The Hill Radnor is considered as one of the mountain breeds. (Uplands)

Hill Radnor sheep breed information

The Hill Radnor sheep is medium built with white fleece and light brown face and legs.

Rams are horned and ewes are polled.

The mature Hill Radnor ram weighs 80 kg (180 lb) and ewe weighs  50 kg (110 lb).

HillRadnor lamb of 8 weeks of age can weigh 17 kg.

The ewes are noted for good maternal instincts

The lambing percentage is around 155 %.

Lambs are small and lively with few lambing problems

The fleece weight of Radnor is around 2 to 2.5 kg with a staple length of 8 to 10 cm and quality of 48s to 56s.

The breed is very hardy which can sustain on the hills, where the forage is low.

Low maintenance and docile nature, any farmer can keep this breed.

Things to know

In order to suit the Radnor hills, the Hill Radnor breed was developed over the years.

Hill Radnor society was formed in the year 1949. 

The breed is more confined to the Radnor/Brecon area of Wales.

The Hill Radnor ewes are crossed with lowlands rams to produce mules or market-ready lambs.

The Hill Radnor ram can be cross-bred with other hill breeds to produce larger lambs without sacrificing the hardiness.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust has listed the Hill Radnor as “Vulnerable”.

As low as 900 breeding ewes are left now.

Brief characteristics of Hill Radnor sheep

Breed NameHill Radnor sheep
Other Name 
Country/Place of OriginUnited Kingdom
Breed Purposemeat and wool
Breed Sizemedium
80 kg (180 lb)
Ewe(Female)50 kg (110 lb)
Kiddingsingle or twins
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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