Wiltshire Horn Sheep
Possibly introduced by the Romans, this primitive native breed from Wiltshire is unusual among native breeds because of its ability to shed its wool alleviating the need for shearing. The rising price of wool and a move away from horned sheep resulted in a decline in popularity during the 19th and 20th centuries. The breed was saved from extinction by a small group of enthusiastic breeders who formed the Wiltshire Horn Sheep Society in 1923. In the 1970's the breed came under the protection of the RBST because numbers were so low.