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rnrnHerdwicks Sheep are a sturdy, strong bonedrnbreed. The rams in particular have a broad chest, noticeably thick-set legs andrnmay have strong horns, although as many as 20% are polled or have relativelyrnsmall amounts of horn growth. The female sheep are somewhat finer boned andrnshould not have any sign of horns. Purebred Herdwick lambs are born largelyrnblack often with tips of white on their ears. As they age, the heads and legs become white and the fleece assumes arncolor ranging from a slate blue-grey to a light grey. Herdwick sheep are widelyrnconsidered to be the hardiest of all Britain's breeds of hill sheep. Probablyrn99 per cent of Herdwick sheep are kept in commercial flocks in the central andrnwestern dales of the Lake District. These fells run to over three thousand feetrnand facing the westerly rain bearing winds they record the country's highestrnrainfall.

rnrnContent and Photo Source: National SheeprnAssociationrnrn

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