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Showing Guidelines

For Judges

The Manx Loaghtan is one of the larger, northern, short tailed, primitive sheep breeds, mature ewes weighting around 40kgs and rams 55kgs. 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. Four and six horned animals are at risk of split eyelids. The eyelids should be specifically checked to exclude any evidence of splitting. The wool can be of long or short staple, but should be evenly brown, bleaching to a mouse brown towards the end of the fibres, without white fibres or excessive kemp.

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 with be considered FAKED.

Horns may be lightly oiled a day or two before a show. The judge should be able to examine the animal without transference of the oil to the judge’s hands or clothing. Horns ideally should be untrimmed, as an animal with trimmed horns would not be a natural survivor, without the intervention of their keeper.

Four or six horned animals with any degree of split eye lid should not be shown.
Senior ewes, with lambs at foot, may be accompanied by their lambs, if the lambs are haltered and in the care of a handler, separate from the ewe’s handler.

The handler should be dressed in a clean, white coat with the sheep class entry number clearly displayed.

The judge’s decision, on the day, should be respected and accepted without challenge.

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