Norfolk Horn Cuddly Baa
Made from 100% Norfolk Horn wool. This Cuddly Baa is about 8 inches high (20 cms) and about 9 inches (23 cms) long. They are designed as collector items and are not suitable for children under 3 years of age. However a shorn variation (ie without the woolly coat) is available at a slightly lower price.
These first appeared in England during the Saxon period and are probably a cross between a Soay and the Roman Longwool. They were a hardy breed that thrived on the poor grass and heather of the Norfolk Breckland and were still able to walk to London without losing condition. They were more recently crossed with the Southdown to produce the Suffolk and the popularity of these almost led to their downfall. By 1969 there were only 3 pure Norfolk Horn rams and no fertile ewes left. These rams were crossed with related breeds and female offspring recrossed back to the original 3, so by 1973, when the last pure Norfolk Horn ram died, there was a new population of sheep that very closely resembled the original breed. The Norfolk Horns are today classed as category 4 with the Rare Breed Survival Trust Watch List, which means there are less than 1500 breeding ewes.
Norfolk Horns are horned, both male and female. Their fleece is short stapled with close white wool. Their faces and legs are black or dark brown and free from wool.
For more details about Norfolk Horn sheep vist; www.norfolkhorn.co.uk