SC1566 : Manx Loaghtan Three Rams

taken 6 years ago, 4 km from Cregneash, Isle of Man, Great Britain

Manx Loaghtan Three Rams
Manx Loaghtan Three Rams
A coastal view of 3 rams also known as tups. They allowed me to approach a lot closer than the rather nerve ewes with lambs.
The Manx Loaghtan is a breed of sheep (Ovis aries) native to the Isle of Man. It is sometimes spelled as Loaghtyn or Loghtan. It is characterized by a dark brown wool and usually having four or occasionally six horns.
The Manx Loaghtan is descended from the primitive sheep once found throughout Scotland and the Hebrides and Shetland Islands, and is one of the Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds. The word Loaghtan comes from the Manx words lugh dhoan which means mouse-brown and describes the colour of the sheep. This breed is primarily raised for meat which is considered a delicacy. It has recently received EU recognition and protection under the Protected Designation of Origin scheme which requires products to originate in a specific region such as Champagne.
It is categorised as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, as there are fewer than 1,500 registered breeding females in the UK.
There is a large flock of the sheep on the Calf of Man and access to the island was closed to protect them during the 2001 UK Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic. The disease did not reach the island, which continued exports of the meat to the continent of Europe.
The Loaghtan is believed to be the closest surviving relative of the now extinct Jersey sheep. In 2008 the National Trust for Jersey began a programme of introducing Loaghtans into the Island for coastal grazing, a traditional method of vegetation control in the north of Jersey
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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 16 April, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Islands  Moorland 
Sheep (from Tags)
Manx Loaghtan 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SC 155 661 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:3.4804N 4:49.2025W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SC 155 661
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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