Foldson Rare Breeds

Portland Sheep

Our small flock of pedigree Portland sheep has been in the family for around fifteen years, we currently have sixteen breeding ewes. We've had great success showing our sheep, including 1st placed Shearling Ram at the RWAS Spring Festival, 3rd placed Rare Breed Ram at Pembrokeshire County show.  

 

Over the years, we have used a number of rams and most recently bought Tanwood Algie and Harcourt Ridley, who will sire next springs lambs. We also have within the flock a number of bloodlines including Armscote, Meerhay, Roydon and offspring from our last ram, Bemborough (Archie).  

 

 

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Please check our Stock for Sale page for available lambs

Linked with the Wessex tan-faced group of sheep, the Portland is a heathland breed from the Dorset area. After near extinction, the breed has become a popular smallholders sheep, due to a number of reasons: they are able to lamb all year round, are a small managable size - typical ewes weigh 38-40kg, rams around 55kg, have excellent quality fleece, are hardy and do well on poorer quality grass, and of course the lovely colour.

 

For more information and breed history, please visit the Portland Sheep Breeders Group. 

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) also has useful information.

Breed History