Clun Forest Flock - The Breed For All Seasons
The Clun Forest sheep is a genetically distinctive breed originating from the Shropshire/Welsh border, These hardy animals have resulted from crossing a number of breeds including the Shropshire and Hill Radnor. They stand tall and proud with both male and female being naturally polled.
- Highly resistant to disease. Most Cluns are genotype ARR/ARR with over 95% tested Type 1 or 2
- Adaptable to topography and climate. Well suited to outdoor lambing, fitting easily into low input farming systems.
- Excellent mothering qualities, lambing easily and with plenty of milk
- Longevity, with some ewes still lambing at 12 years of age, thus a higher number of lambs per ewe during her lifetime compared with other breeds.
- Main purpose is the production of hybrid ewes
- Meat is dark, lean and flavoursome. The carcass is large and well formed with an average weight of 16-20kgs between 12 - 17 weeks. Will finish lambs off grass alone
- Highly prized wool, much sought after by hand spinners and weavers, and used in our artisan range of throws, blankets and scarves. The fleece is fine, of medium length, of high quality and elasticity with a Bradford count of around 58
What to look for in a Clun Forest Sheep
A clean, open, dark brown face, free from speckles, top of head nicely covered and free from dark wool. The ears are not too long or broad and carried high set at '5 to 1'. The body has a strong muscular neck, lengthy straight back, deep rib, strong loin, good hock, deep and well-rounded thighs, standing square on its legs. These should be free from speckles and fairly free from wool, hock and knee down.