Exmoor Horn Sheep

Exmoor Horn above Porlock BayThe Exmoor Horn sheep of today are direct descendants of the horned sheep that roamed Exmoor for centuries.

Exmoors can be fairly descrived as dual purpose sheep. Being an excellent grass sheep, they are very hardy and cheaply maintained, and are therefore an ideal breed to keep pure on the highest moors. They are quite rightly classified as a hill breed. They are among the most prolific of all hill breeds, being excellent mothers and very good milkers, producing a quality upland lamb.

The draft ewes, when taken to better ground produce a higher lambing percentage. They are also one of the few hill breeds to produce wool of a very fine quality.

The Exmoor Horn is an excellent crossing ewe. A large percentage of the flock are crossed to breed a halfbred ewe that is much in demand by lowland sheep producers looking for a prolific ewe capable of providing prime lamb for the modern market. The majority of these halfbred ewes are Exmoor Mules, sired by the Blue Faced Leicester. This cross is considered to be one of the finest halfbred ewes produced in this country.

The Border Leicester has also been used on the Exmoor Horn for many years with great success.

Draft ewes, purebred and crossbred lambs, are sold at various Exmoor markets throughout the Autumn.


For further details of the breed, and for the sales and dates, please contact the Secretary:

Mrs Yvonne Webber
Exmoor Horn Sheep Breeders' Society
Holtom & Thomas
The Elms Office
Bishops Tawton
Barnstaple
Devon EX32 OEJ
Tel: 01271 326900 / Fax: 01271 326692