British Wool

British sheep breeds

Sheep have grazed in Britain for thousands of years, providing one of our greatest natural resources - wool.

The UK has more sheep breeds than any country in the world - over sixty different breeds cared for by more than forty thousand sheep farmers on hills and lowlands. Wool has different features and benefits, and therefore different uses, depending on where sheep live, on hills or lower land. Find out more about some of our most popular breeds below, and view our breed book for more detailed information.