Vacations...and Manx sheep...
|Knockaloe Beg Farm, Patrick, Isle of Man|
|Maughold Parrish church, IOM - Several preserved Viking heads stones can be found in the church yard.|
Historically, IOM is like many of the outer regions of the UK. It is fiercely independent and nationalistic. It also has one of the oldest parliaments in the world due to early colonization by the Vikings. And it has some really unusual sheep that have been on the IOM since it's earliest days...the Manx Loghtan (or Loaghtan).
|'Holly', the pet Loghtan ewe at Knockaloe Beg Farm|
|Loghtan ewe and lamb at Cregneash|
The Manx Loghtan is an old breed that has been on the IOM for hundreds of year. It's heritage is not known, but it is thought to be in part related to the Northern Short Tailed sheep that the Vikings left on all of the islands that they visited including Shetland, Faroe and Iceland. Unlike the Shetland and Icelandic sheep, the Loghtan population dropped to a very small number of animals in the 1950's. Through a dedicated group of people it is now classified on the watch list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
|Loghtan ram at Cregneash|
Loghtan is the Manx word for 'mouse brown'. At one time this breed had primarily white animals with some additional colors, but over the years the moorit or brown color has been selected for. The males typically have four to six horns while the females can have two or four horns. The largest flock that we saw was at Cregneash, a folk museum on the south end of IOM.
|Loghtan ewe at Cregneash|
|Loghtan throw and wool|
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