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The Portland was among the earliest breeds to be recorded in the British Isles. The breed produced mutton that was highly sought after in the 18th and 19th century when the breed was to be found only on the Isle of Portland.

It is a small and thrifty breed that produces exceptionally high quality meat, with fine texture and excellent flavour.

Both sexes are horned, with brown or tan faces and legs.

Lambs are born with foxy brown wool which changes to grey or white during the first year.

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