The Breed

In the Middle Ages, the meat of the black fleeced Welsh Mountain sheep was prized for its richness and excellence.

The black wool, known as 'Cochddu' (reddish brown) was much sought-after by merchants.

During the 19th century Welsh flockmasters recognised the commercial potential of the black lambs and began to select and breed them carefully to produce a pure and separate strain of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep.

The Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Breed

Flocks of the pure breed are now widely distributed throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.