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History of Ryelands and Coloured Ryelands

Originating in Herefordshire, The Ryeland sheep was originally used to graze the rye grass pastures of the low lands within the county. The breed is dual purpose producing tasty meat and quality wool. Once regarded as a rare breed by The Rare Breed Survival Trust it has recently seen a growth in popularity and now is very popular amongst small holders and also been used successfully as a terminal sire.

Ryeland sheep are generally very docile and due to their short legs are known for their reduced ability to jump fences or run away quickly. They do very well on a basic grass diet and have little need for concentrates for much of the year. The undemanding nature of the breed and their sturdy constitutions make them a popular choice for those who wish to keep a small flock or are new to sheep keeping.