Pictorial Faststamps - Sheep - bureau pack
British Farm Animals is the first in a series of three issues that will explore some of the many traditional breeds of sheep, cattle and pigs to be found on farms in the UK.
This is a set of 6 stamps from the Bureau Pack, in the intended order, with the Welsh Mountain Badgerface at the top of the strip.
These stamps for the pack were printed on a Hytech machine and all stamps have the same data string 002012 02-51840-05
The stamps in detail:
Welsh Mountain Badger Face
This ancient breed is mentioned in the Domesday Book. There are two varieties: Torddu (Welsh for black belly) and Torwen (white belly). The Torddu’s colours vary from white to light brown with a distinctive stripe above the eyes.
Distinguished by its black face with a white spot on each side of its nose, this hardy sheep has been bred in northern areas of England for generations. Its tough hard-wearing wool is favoured in the making of tweeds and carpets.
The Jacob originated in Syria over 3000 years ago. With its distinctive spotted fleece and eye-catching horns, the Jacob was introduced to the UK as an ornamental breed. The strength and length of the wool (up to 10cm) make it ideal for hand spinning.
Its all-black head, legs and almost horizontal ears make the Suffolk a particularly attractive breed of sheep. Created from crossing the Southdown and the Norfolk Horn, its beautiful fleece produces fine knitting wools and tweed.
Originating from the first domesticated sheep that populated northern Europe, the Soay is the UK’s most primitive sheep breed. Small and robust with curved, ridged horns, it has a fleece usually chocolate or tan in colour.
A large breed of sheep with a curly white fleece, the Leicester Longwool was developed by Robert Bakewell over 200 years ago. Its quality wool is in demand by hand weavers and is mainly used to create fine cloth, suiting and knitting wool.