Kerry Hill Sheep in Wales
Kerry Hill sheep in Wales. The Kerry Hill Breed is from Powys, on the English/Welsh borders, and it derives its name from the village of Kerry, near Newtown. There are records of this distinctive breed in this area dating back to 1809, and the first Flock Book was published in 1899 with 26 Members.
A well balanced sturdy sheep with ears set high and free from wool. A black nose and sharply defined black and white markings on the head and legs. Both ewes and rams are hornless. It is a handsome sheep, with a dense fleece, which is usually white. The fleece handles well, and is amongst the softest of British Wools. Average staple length is 10 cm (14 inches). Average weight of fleece is 2.75kgs (6lbs). Bradford count 54-56's.
Robert and Jean Price of Pentrenant farm in the Vale of Kerry, mid Wales. The sheep are kerry Hills and the Prices have kept them for many years and Robert judged them at the Royal Welsh this year.
- ©Jim Richardson
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