Category 4, At Risk.
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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