Breed Standard

We acknowledge the comments made by Suzanne Blumer, Ian Aberdeen, Ray Newman, Terry Smith, Greg Toll, Ian Whittle, Dennis Melmoth, Kerstin and Bill Fraser, Bill Weatherly and Sarah John.

Purpose

To produce the best possible meat sheep with the highest quality flavor and the easiest of care. A hardy good foraging breed suitable for all climates. Ideal for crossing with other breeds for excellent prime lambs.

Breeding

All breeding of Wiltipolls is to be based on Wiltshire Horn stock and must carry a minimum of 96.87% Wiltshire Horn Blood.

A pedigree must be shown to demonstrate the derivation of Wiltipoll Sheep.

Type and Appearance

Large frame well balanced, free walking with bold presence retaining many of the characteristics of the Wiltshire Horn. Ram and Ewe are of similar appearance, Ewes lighter and more feminine.

Both Ram and Ewe to have depressions in the skull of the horn sites and should be free of horn knobs or scurs.

HEAD: Hornless, white, medium length, broad muzzle.

EYES: Bright and full, dark pigmentation desirable around outer edge.

FACE: Medium length, white in colour with slight roman nose. Dark pigmentation on nose preferred.

EARS: Inclined to be long and broad and not carried erect.

NECK: Medium length and well set.

SHOULDERS: Well set smooth shoulders.

BODY: Wedge shaped, broader at the hindquarter than at the shoulders.

CHEST: Deep and wide.

RIBS: Deep and well sprung.

BACK AND LOIN: Long and level, well filled, well muscled loin.

HINDQUARTER: Long, deep and wide consistent with a big hindquarter and big pelvic area, consistent with easy lambing.

LEGS: Legs straight and well apart to maintain correct balance. Hind legs well filled with muscle. Well-angled hock with strong pasterns.

FEET: Dark pigmentation.

SKIN: Pink in colour, the less black ticking the better.

WOOL: Short during cooler months and free of wool during warmer months. Any sheep over 6 months old must shed all fleece each year naturally.

DESIRABLE FEATURES

  • Depression in bone of horn site in both sexes
  • Rams and Ewes no evidence of horn
  • Dark feet
  • Dark nose
  • Carriage should be free and active, head carried alert.

DEFECTS

  • Bad pasterns and hocks
  • Poor feet
  • Excessive black ticking
  • Roach back
  • Poor shedding
  • Course round bone
  • Overly heavy shoulders.