HISTORY Of SHETLAND SHEEP

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There have been sheep on the Shetland Isles for a very long time.  They have changed in response to additions to the gene pool and the selection pressures of their environment and their shepherds. The classic Shetland probably dates from the 1700s.  Prior to that time, the sheep on Shetland may have more closely resembled the North Ronaldsay and/or the Soay.  Subsequent to that time period, a more commercial type Shetland has emerged as well as the Bowmont (Shetland x Saxon Merino).
 

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