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Our Mixed age Ewes just after weaning lambs.

Origin and History

The British Wiltshire is one of the oldest surviving sheep breeds. Originally thought to have been brought to Britain by the Romans, it resembles the ancestral sheep that existed in medieval times, from which arose the other white-faced, short-wool breeds found in the south of England. Until about the end of the eighteenth century the Wiltshire Horn was the predominant breed to be found on the Wiltshire Downs, after which it was named. It was used in the development of other Down breeds, such as the Oxford, Hampshire and Dorset.

Like many breeds it eventually fell from favour, and became classified as a Rare Breed in Britain. The Poll Wiltshire was evolved in Australia by crossing Poll Dorset rams with Wiltshire Horn ewes, then backcrossing to Wiltshire Horns. The majority of sheep in the country are of the poll variety.
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Ewe with triplets at foot

Breed Characteristics
An unusual breed in that it has very little wool, which it sheds annually, so it has no dags and a very low susceptibility to fly strike. . The fleece is of no value and is of a very large micron diameter (your local birds will collect it from your paddocks for nesting material).

A strong foraging ability and long legs make it particularly well suited to roaming over wide areas, and it does well in arid climates and on poor pastures with little shade. Primarily a meat breed, they produce a very lean large carcase. Rams are used as terminal sires for crossbreeding.

These are a variety of sheep, which moult their fleece during spring each year. Today they have just emerged from the "rare/novelty" class and are being used for crossbreeding by fat lamb producers as well as being the ideal low maintenance sheep for "hobby" farmers.

Other positive attributes are hard black hooves (which are foot-rot resistant); high rate of twins (we have a lambing rate of over 200% with our flock); easy lambing. Obviously, as they moult their fleece, little or no shearing or crutching is required.

Wiltshire's at Hoon Hay Valley

We purchased our first Wiltshire (160 breeding ewes) in 1999. Ever since then we have engaged in a rigorous breeding and culling program with the main emphasis towards fully bald, self shedding sheep.

Today our breeding  flock consists of about 100 ewes, all of them fully bald.

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All our breeding rams are 100% bald and only of multiple birth heritage. Our lambing percentages vary between 210% and 240%.


Ewe flock at Hoon Hay Valley

None of our hoggets or Ewes are ever crutched, shorn or cleaned up. What you see is what you get. We are one of only very few Wiltshire breeders with the prime emphasis on baldness.

We retain a largely organic livestock management system and our animals are naturally resistant to health problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two-tooth Rams at Hoonhay Valley

 

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