The Manx Loaghtan is the native breed of the Isle of Man. Manx Loaghtan sheep are a primitve type, related to the Hebridean, Soay and Shetland breeds. They are a rich brown colour, with the fleece tips bleaching to golden brown in the sunlight. The breed may have two, four or even more horns, with the four-horned types being particularly favoured on their native island, where they have made a remarkable come-back in recent years thanks to the hard work and dedication of Island breeders. The meat from the Loaghtan sheep has a superb rich flavour and dense, moist texture, and the wool is fine and much sought after by handspinners.
The Ronasvoe flock of Manx Loaghtan sheep was established in 1988, and is therefore one of our original favourite breeds. Our Loaghtan sheep continue to be regular prizewinners, having taken the Breed Championship at the National Rare Breeds sale five times in total, the Primitive championship twice, and the Interbreed championship once. Our Manx Loaghtan sheep are registered with the RBST combined Flock Book.