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The Manx Loaghtan is a small, primitive sheep, one of the rare breeds of sheep on the watch list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The breed originates from the prehistoric short-tailed breeds of sheep found in isolated parts of North West Europe where they survived because they were not replaced by more developed breeds. Other breeds in this same group are Soay, Hebridean, Shetland, Boreray and North Ronaldsay.
Loaghtans and their relatives covered the hills of the Isle of Man until the 18th century but by the 1950s numbers had declined to a handful. As a result of the work of enthusiasts on the Isle of Man and in England, numbers have steadily increased over the last 50 years. Continued success will ensure the Loaghtan has a future providing excellent quality meat and wool as a pure breed.
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We are a group of people from all walks of life who are interested in Manx Loaghtan sheep and contribute to their continued existence.
This breed is a native animal of the British Isles, that continues to demonstrate high quality characteristics in terms of its wool, lamb and mutton, mothering instincts, and conservation grazing and has been around for centuries.
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