A list of links to sheep breed and flock book societies websites that I have come across so far. This will be regularly reviewed and any inactive links will be hidden until the relevant website works again.
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Last updated: 30 Nov 2021
Checked and corrected the Manx Loaghtan breed society link
- Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep Society
Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep originate from one small area of Wales – the Tywi vally. Because of this, during the disastrous winter of 1947, the breed was nearly wiped out.
- British Vendéen Sheep Society
The Vendéen breed has been known in the Vendee region of France for many hundreds of years and is said to owe some of its blood to sheep saved from the wrecks of Spanish galleons at the time of the Armada. More definite links were established with the imp
- Cotswold Sheep Society
The Cotswold sheep, often referred to as the ‘Cotswold Lion’ was introduced to the UK by the Romans.
- Hebridean Sheep Society
The Hebridean Sheep Society exists to promote Hebridean sheep as an economical breed with qualities of importance to today’s livestock industry (particularly extensive sheep farming) and many types of ecological management task to promote biodiversity
- Oxford Down Sheep Breeders' Association
The Oxford Down breed originated in the 1830s after crossing Cotswold rams with Hampshire Down and Southdown ewes. Over the next 50 years the breed stabilised and, as many of the early flocks were centered around the town of Witney in Oxfordshire, the nam
- Shropshire Sheep Breeders' Association
The exact origins of today’s Shropshire Down are unclear but generally agreed to be as a result of the improvement of the indigenous sheep of the Staffordshire and Shropshire border areas.
- Suffolk Sheep Society
The Suffolk evolved from the mating of Norfolk Horn ewes with Southdown rams in the Bury St Edmunds area, these sheep were known as Southdown Norfolks, or locally, as “Black faces.”
- Swaledale Sheep Breeders' Association
The Swaledale’s origin almost certainly emerged from the genetic group of horned sheep from which also came the Blackface, the Rough Fell, and other localised types. Slowly over time a ‘Swaledale’ breed type emerged from within these horned sheep.