Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep originate from one small area of Wales - the Tywi vally. Because of this, during the disastrous winter of 1947, the breed was nearly wiped out. The breed was at its
lowest ebb, with only one ram surviving.
During the 1950's and 60's a steady increase took place, and in the 1970's people outside the valley began to take an interest in the breed. The Balwen Welsh Mountain Breed Society was formed in
The name BALWEN is welsh for white blaze. The Balwen sheep has a base colour of black, brown or dark grey. It has a white blaze on the face, four distinct white feet, and a half to
two-thirds whites tail.
All Balwen should be of a good Welsh Mountain type of sheep. Their confirmation must be consistent with the breed, and their size should be an accurate reflection of their age.
MALES: The base colour should preferably be black, but dark brown or dark grey is acceptable. An unbroken white stripe should run from
the poll of the head to the nose. The lower two thirds of the tail to be white. A small quantity of white is acceptable on the lower jaw but it must not extend below the top edge of the
breastbone. Males must have black noses and no white is allowed in or on the ears. Males must have four clearly defined white socks. A white sock must not extend above the hock or
NB. ALL MALES MUST HAVE HORNS.
FEMALES: The base colour should preferably be black, but dark brown or dark grey is acceptable. An unbroken white stripe should run from the poll of the head to the nose. The lower two
thirds of the tail to be white. A small quantity of white is acceptable on the lower jaw but it must not extend below the top edge of the breastbone. Females should ideally have four
white socks . (In order to be fully registered females must have at least two clearly defined white socks.) Some black is acceptable within the white socks for t he current time. Females should have
NB. NO HORNS ARE ALLOWED ON THE FEMALES.
Animals which conform to the breed standard will be passed as registrable by the Breed Society’s inspectors. Ewes which fall below the breed standard, but nonetheless meet the current
inspection criteria, will be passed as registrable.
Animals which do not meet either requirement are unregistrable