"Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of earth’s biodiversity and offer incredible variety that may be needed for future farms - robust health, mothering instincts, foraging, and the ability to thrive in a changing climate. These farm animals are a vital part of ensuring food security for our planet – now and for the future." - The Livestock Conservancy
The Black Welsh Mountain sheep is a heritage breed of sheep that originates from the mountainous terrain of Wales.
The Black Welsh Mountain is the only completely black breed of sheep in Britain. Black Welsh were introduced to North America in 1972, with a foundation flock of of only 9 ewes and 2 rams. The breed is currently listed as "Threatened" on the Livestock Conservatory Website. We believe in the conservation of this important foundation breed.
Black Welsh Mountain sheep are a small size compared to most commercial sheep breeds. Mature ewes are generally 90 lbs, and rams about 150 lbs. Rams have a beautiful set of curled horns, while ewes have beautiful feminine heads, and are polled.
Black Welsh Mountain Sheep are the perfect addition to the small landholder and wool artesian flocks. The black welsh are a small breed and easy to manage. The Black Welsh are known for their hardiness and self-reliance.
We were drawn to raising Black Welsh Mountain Sheep because of their low maintenance, outstanding maternal instinct, natural resilience to disease and parasites, flavourful meat and beautiful wool. The breed is an excellent choice for producers looking to bring in maternal and hardiness traits into their flock. The ewes have incredible natural maternal instinct, fiercely dedicated to their lambs and produce plenty of milk to raise twins…or the rare triplet. Newborn lambs are very quick to their feet and quick to nurse. There are few breeds that are this low maintenance at lambing time.