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     North Ronaldsay


2008 Watchlist; Category 2, Endangered.

This breed evolved in the isolated Orkney Islands. Its most distinctive characteristic is that of existing on a diet of seaweed for most of the year. The semi feral flock on North Ronaldsay is confined to the foreshore for most of the year to conserve the limited grazing inland.

The North Ronaldsay is a fine boned small sheep with a slightly dished face belonging to the northern short tailed group. Adult ewes weigh around 25Kg. Colour is variable including white, grey, black and moorit but various combinations can be found. The coloured fleeces are coarse but the white and moorit wool is almost as fine as that of the Shetland.

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North Ronaldsay Sheep

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