Black Welsh Mountain Sheep (Defaid Mynydd Duon)
The Welsh Mountain are one of the remaining oldest sheep breeds, with references dating back to the Middle Ages. Today's term, Welsh
Mountain, has almost become an umbrella description as many different breeds developed from the Welsh Mountain over the centuries; the
Black Welsh Mountain sheep is no exception.
They are still the most prominent breed in Wales and remain economically important for modern agriculture as any other breed of sheep. The Welsh Mountain are a dual purpose sheep suitable for upland as well as lowland, are extremely hardy and good grazers producing fine fiber and meat with little additional feeds. As sheep have been a dominant aspect of life on the British Isles for centuries, breeding and selection are of paramount importance.
The Black Welsh Mountain sheep was developed from the original Welsh Mountain sheep in the 19th century through a century of selective breeding for the Cochddu (reddish brown) fleece which was in high demand at the time. The wool is sufficiently fine, soft and densely stapled and regarded as a specialty type, and the fleece is used to good effect in combination with other wools. Before the advent of modern dying techniques, the Black Welsh Mountain wool was the primary cloth of a Monk's habit. Today across Canada, the United States, and Japan the fleece has procured special attention once again from home spinning and weaving; and now, commands its own grade by the Wool Marketing Board.
The Black Welsh Mountain reached North America in 1973 with Mr. Thomas Wyman's importation of 3 rams and 13 ewes. Today the North American population approximates 1600 sheep across 50 flocks and joining England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland to make up the total world population of an estimated 10,000 sheep.
What to expect from Black Welsh Mountain
As is consistant with Welsh Mountain sheep, the Black Welsh Mountain sits at the highend of lamb and mutton for quality. Once considered
the "King's mutton", that same quality still remains true retaining a mild flavor, even in the older mutton. The meat is a close
grain in texture, rich in color, of distinct flavor, and full value with minimum of wasteful fat. Lambs average 30-38 pounds hanging
weight with ewes averaging 75-110 pounds hanging weight.
Usually each year we make available our lamb or mutton in December. All our sheep are processed at a quality USDA facility, come cryovaced and flash frozen to your cut selection, and are available in either whole animal, or half if you can find someone to split with. Currently we do not offer single selection cuts as you find in a supermarket. We do have a waiting list for our lamb for the next season. If you are interested in purchasing lamb or mutton for your household we suggest contacting us so we are able to place you on the list, and try to breed enough for all to enjoy. Thank you.
$7.15/lb Hanging Weight
Please note that we do not make available any of our livestock to any cultural or religious practices or customs on any occassion; and we do not slaughter any livestock for any religious holiday, or in accordance with any religious or cultural requirements. All sheep will be USDA slaughtered, processed, packaged, and delivered according to our breed selection schedule.
Available Breeding Stock
For the 2017 season we will be offering a limited number of our New Hampshire line ewes, tegs, and ewe-lambs for sale. All sheep are registered with the American Black Welsh Sheep Association. If you are interested in expanding your current flock or looking to start your first flock, Black Welsh Mountain sheep are a great choice. Contact us for more information.