What breeds are considered

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by Caelma, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Is blackfaced sheep a breed? Or
    are several different breeds considered blackfaced?
    If so which are considered blackfaced?
    Thank you and sorry for sounding so ignorant.
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Around here and I suspect everywhere in NAmerica, when someone Calls a sheep a blackface or a blackface cross they mean a Suffolk of a suffolk X, I've seen it used for Hampshires as well. There are many other black faced breeds just those two are the common commercial sheep breeds here.
     

  3. Xandras_Zoo

    Xandras_Zoo Well-Known Member

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    Could you be talking about blackface sheep? THAT'S a breed.
     
  4. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Well our May breed of the month is a "blackface" but they are usually called a Scottish blackface, because the slang is used so often to describe a Suffolk.
     
  5. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    No, blackfaced sheep are not a breed. It's a descriptrive term that covers breeds with black faces - Clun Forest, Oxford Down, Suffolk, Hampshire Down, South Suffolk and Scottish Blackface to name but a few. The Hampshire Down and South Suffolk tend to have brownish faces rather than the jet black of the Suffolk. Breeds such as the Swaledale and Teeswater can also fit into this category because of the black markings on their faces.

    Not an ignorant question at all - if you don't ask you will never learn.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie