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Showing Guidelines

For Judges

The Manx Loaghtan is one of the larger, northern, short tailed, primitive sheep breeds. Mature ewes weigh around 45kgs and rams 65kgs. They are fine boned, agile sheep. Ewes and rams can have two, four or six horns, which should not grow into the face or impede grazing. Ewes can be naturally polled. The face should be evenly brown with no lighter fibres around the eyes to give a Moorit “spectacles” look. The forehead, cheeks and legs should be clean of wool. The tail end should be above the hocks, not docked and not woolly. The Manx Loaghtan wool is short staple, but should be evenly brown. No oiling of horns.

For Exhibitors

The objective of this brief guidance on showing Manx Loaghtan sheep is to encourage the maintenance of the breed, as a primitive, hardy animal with a range of genetic characteristics, that does not need embellishment to promote it’s qualities.

Manx Loaghtan are fine boned, agile, primitive sheep.

On the UK mainland, they should be shown halter trained.

On both the UK mainland and Isle of Man, they should be shown in a clean but NATURAL, UNTRIMMED fleece. Any sheep found excessively washed or brushed, coloured or tinted, backed down, clipped or trimmed will be considered FAKED.

Approved Judges

For a full list of approved judges please contact the Secretary, Sue Hamilton-Gotting.

  Email the Manx Loaghtan Sheep Breeders' group

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