The Clun Forest is one of many heritage sheep breeds in SVF’s program which was originally developed in the United Kingdom. The geography and landscape of the Clun Forest region of Shropshire, England helped develop this very hardy breed into a medium sized, dual purpose sheep. Clun Forest have upright, pointed ears, dark colored faces and white wool, helping them stand out among the heritage breeds raised here in North America.
Known for their foraging abilities, the Cluns are kept by shepherds in a wide variety of low-input environments. They will graze over a larger area than most sheep, and act rather independently, even attempting to protect themselves from some predators. The calm, easy temperament of the Clun Forest makes them a great choice for breeders interested in getting started with heritage or endangered sheep.
The Clun Forest are very prolific, tending to have twins or triplets – especially in mature ewes. Lambs are small at birth but are vigorous and grow quickly, which means little assistance is required at lambing time but they can produce both wool and meat for their shepherds.