Ancient and Heritage Sheep Breeds
Ancient Sheep Breeds
Ancient sheep breeds are likely to be the wild ancestors of domesticated sheep, and their genetic diversity has been studied through the analysis of ancient DNA.
Heritage Sheep Breeds
These breeds have been raised since pre-industrial times. Heritage breeds retain the qualities for which they were bred, from coarse, double-coated carpet wool to fine, elastic wool suitable for elegant garments.
Modern and Rare Sheep Breeds
Modern sheep breeds are domesticated sheep that have been selectively bred for specific purposes such as meat, wool, milk, or landscape management.