The Ryeland is a dual purpose sheep which produces high quality wool and tasty meat, the Ryeland lends itself to extensive farming as it is a sheep that does well on good grass alone, and has a placid temperament and easy to manage. The Ryeland is a ancient breed of lowland sheep, thought to have originated in the Leominster area of Herefordshire. It is said that the Ryeland is probably the oldest of the recognized British breeds of sheep and that no other British breed can claim greater historical data. The Ryeland Society was founded in 1903 and the first flock book was published in 1909, but various authorities identify the Ryeland back to the 12th century and the breed has a fairly clear history of some 800 years. They have been renowned for more than six centuries, since the time when the monks of Leominster bred sheep in the rye growing areas for the dual purpose of meat from the lambs and the production of a fine woolen fleece ideal for hand spinning. Until recently they were classified as a rare breed, but thanks to dedicated breeders and the Rare Breed Survival Trust, there are now sufficient numbers in Britain for it to be classified as a 'minority' breed. The Ryeland was originally best known for its production of fine wool and fat lambs ,its natural habitat ensured a hardy constitution. Today the Ryeland is increasingly valued for its tasty meat, gentle nature and relatively easy to look after, characteristics which make it popular with. Also sought after by commercial breeders for quick maturing lambs and group 1 scrapie resistance genotyping also The ryelands have a a very High resistant to foot root
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