STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM

CLUN FOREST SHEEP
Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds partner: 
Riverbank Farm (Salisbury, NH)

Status: Threatened
Adult Weight: 150 -200 lbs
Temperament: Docile

Clun Forest sheep get their name from the ancient town of Clun in England. Clun Forest is an upland grazing area, not actually a dense forest, which is ideal for raising sheep. The breed is known for easy keeping, fertility, milking and mothering ability, as well as longevity.

Easily recognizable with their white bodies and wool-free dark brown faces and legs, Clun Forest sheep also have little wool below the knees and hocks. Their wool is dense, consistent in quality, free of black fiber, and easily manipulated by hand spinners. For additional historical breed information on Clun Forest sheep, visit The Livestock Conservancy.

Baby Animals Heritage Breeds at the Banke partner Riverbank Farm is owned and managed by Dr. Matt Mason, a mixed animal veterinarian. Riverbank Farm livestock consists of cattle, sheep, including the Clun Forest breed, goats, waterfowl, and guard llamas. The sheep are shorn every spring, with the fleece processed into yarn and blankets.

Activity:
Download and print the Clun Forest sheep coloring pages(PDF) from the Strawbery Banke Museum Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke Coloring Book. Note, both pages are in a single pdf. 



Clun Forest sheep are wool-free on a few parts of their bodies. Do you remember where these sheep do not have wool?


Handspinners love using the wool of Clun Forest Sheep to create blankets, sweaters, etc. Do you remember why they like using the wool of this breed? 


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