About Castlemilk Moorit Sheep
Castlemilk Morrit Sheep were developed during the the early
years of the 20th century. The late Sir Jock Buchanan-Jardine began a breeding
program on his Castlemilk Estate in Dumfriesshire. Using Manx Loghtan, moorit
Shetland, and wild Mouflon, he developed a breed to beautify his parkland and
provide fine, kemp-free moorit colored wool. On the death of Sir John
Buchanan-Jardine the flock was dispersed in 1970, and six ewes and a ram were
bought by Joe Henson at the Cotswold Farm Park.
All of todays Castlemilk Moorits are descended from these
few sheep. The Castlemilk Moorit is one of the larger primitive-type breeds,
with mature ewes weighing in the region of 40 kgs. (85 lbs.) and rams 55 kgs.
(120 lbs.) The ewes exhibit two uniform and wide spreading horns which are much
heavier and evenly spiralled in the rams. Light brown or moorit in color, they
have definite mouflon pattern markings to include white underparts around the
eyes, lower jaw, belly, knees and inside lower leg and tail together with a