Ewe with her newborn lamb

A ewe from the Beilidu flock
with her newborn lamb

 

 

The Beilidu flock has been established for over 30 years, and is mainly bred for the attractive brown (“loaghtan”) fleeces, which are ideal for use in traditional crafts such as hand-spinning and felting. A variety of products are available for sale from the Beilidu flock, including unprocessed fleeces, carded fleece, hand-spun wool and hand-knitted items.

Established in 1985, the Beilidu flock of Manx Loaghtan sheep is raised on a smallholding set in a quiet river valley between the Brecon Beacons and the Eppynt Mountains in Mid Wales.

Manx Loaghtan sheep are a breed of small primitive sheep native to the Isle of Man, off the north-western coast of the UK mainland. The breed was popular and successful on the island until the 18th century. However, by the 1950s, numbers of sheep in the breed had declined to a very low point. Although numbers have steadily increased through the work of enthusiasts around the UK, the breed remains one of those on the watch list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

 

Photo of Beilidu Manx fleeces at Wonderwool 2014

Beilidu Manx Loaghtan products at
WonderWool Wales