White Face Dartmoor

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White Face Dartmoor

The White Face Dartmoor descends from the native heath sheep which grazed Dartmoor in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were popular around Dartmoor and Exmoor but a breed society was not founded until 1950. Changing market demands had already caused their decline from the 1940s onwards, and they have continued as a localised breed.

The White Face Dartmoor is a hardy breed with the ability to thrive on exposed pasture during the grazing season. It has a broad white head, that of the ewe being free of wool. Previously it was normal for both sexes to be horned, but now most ewes are polled. The wool is long with a fairly strong crimp. The average fleece weight for a ewe is 6-6.5 kg and it is classified as a longwool, which is unusual for an upland breed.

Find out more information by visiting www.whitefacedartmoorsheep.co.uk.