Llanwenog Sheep were developed in the Teifi valley in West Wales in the late 19th century by crossing Shropshire rams with a local hill sheep breed called the Llanllwni (which is now extinct).
The Llanwenog is a dual-purpose breed which is known for having a docile temperament and for its profligacy in lambing. It is a hardy and adaptable breed, which does well on pasture to over 1000 ft in elevation.
Appearance / health:
According to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, "The Llanwenog is a medium-sized shortwool breed. It has black legs and head with a tuft of wool on the forehead. The wool is of high quality and is used for hosiery, hand knitting, high quality tweeds and hand spinning. It is a docile and easily managed sheep. Its main purpose is to produce prime meat lambs from grass. In the 1970s it received wide acclaim for its success in the National Lambing Competition, and it continues to hold a reputation as a prolific sheep, with a majority of twins."
ultimate allrounder breed, wonderful
extinct local llanllwni, Clun forest ancestry, Welsh Mountain breed
Llanwenog, A Forgotten Breed Everyone Should Know
Lanwenogs are black-faced sheep that were developed during the 19th century by crossing the now extinct local Llanllwni breed with Welsh Mountain sheep and Clun Forest sheep. The breed being developed around the village of Llanwennog in Ceredigion (Cardiganshire).
They managed to produce a breed with the black face and firm, long-backed, square conformation of the Clun forest, but with the adaptability and hardiness of the Welsh Mountain breed. This is the ultimate all-rounder breed. The meat is soft-grained and of high quality and slaughter weight for lambs is about 45kg. The ewes produce plenty of meat (they are known as prolific lambers) and are suitable for milking.
The fleece is fine, medium-grained, white and excellent for cottage-style spinning. For those new to sheep, the Llanwenog is an ideal breed. They do not wander, are extremely placid and easy to handle and lend themselves to being housed in sheds over winter. Basically, this is an ideal sheep for lowland farms.
Indeed, because they calm and good mothers, they are kept in many traditional lowland flocks to act as surrogate mothers so that if mules produce twins one lamb can be fostered to a Llanwenog.
Though it's not classed as a Welsh Mule, the Blue Faced Leicester x Llanwenog cross yields an incredibly calm ewe that is an excellent mother and produces good meat lambs.
As long as you have sufficient pasture and you want a calm breed then the Llanwenog is ideal. They make wonderful pet sheep and are particularly suited to small-scale production on smallholdings.
Their Clun forest ancestry also makes them very easy lambers. The Llanwenog really is one of the ultimate all-rounders..
From DLlE Oct 2 2012 2:17PM