Welsh mountain sheep
Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:
Lort writes that he will send Mr Pocock one St Kilda ewe and a Welsh ewe. He offers to send Ewart a ewe out of a St Kilda by a Shropshire ram and a lamb by a Red Manx as well as the Welsh ewe lambs and St Kilda ewes.
Lort writes that the sheep he was going to send Ewart were found not to be pure-bred, and that he will send him a Welsh ewe and a St Kilda ewe when his crates are returned.
Lort writes that he has not yet been able to buy any Welsh ewes that have not been with a ram, but when he does he will send one with a 'Soa' ewe to Pocock and four to Ewart along with a Shropshire and St Kilda cross and Manx and St Kilda cross. He provides some information about the tails of various sheep breeds.
Lort writes that the largest of the ewes is a Shropshire cross, the smaller ewe with close short wool was running with a pure Southdown, and the St Kilda ewe was put to a pedigree Welsh ram of Professor Winter's.
Elwes is sending Ewart the fleece of a Cheviot-Shetland cross from Shetland and that he will also receive a fleece of a first-prize shearling Welsh ewe. He is also enclosing photographs of sheep showing four generations and asks Ewart's advice on what would be the most interesting cross out of them. He asks when Ewart and Wallace are going to examine the wools.
Elwes reports that Hall, a mutual acquaintance, approves of Ewart's paper and feels that it paves the way for something on a larger scale later. Elwes has received a pair of Rocky sheep, and asks Ewart if he wants a long-tailed black Welsh ram lamb. He has heard that the Board of Agriculture are trying to get a farm where animals for exporting will be tested for tuberculosis and imported animals received in quarantine.
Elwes writes that Lord Fortescue had not mentioned his sheep's Eastern origin, but that he will provide further particulars if requested. He also encloses a photograph of the white Welsh ram 'Twm Shon Dafydd 4th'.
Elwes writes that the wool of the Ryeland sheep is probably the softest English-grown wool, that they make a good cross with the Welsh sheep and would probably improve the uniformity of the Shetland. He gives a negative review of Lydekker's book The Sheep and Its Cousins.
Elwes makes arrangements for visiting Ewart after his trip to Yorkshire. He thinks that he will soon discard the Hebridean and spotted breeds and confine himself to brown Shetlands which he will cross with Manx, Black Welsh and White Cheviots crossed with Norfolk. He also plans to try some Exmoors this year, which thrive well on Salisbury Plain. He asks whether Ewart or Cowan have any Shetland sheep arriving that year.
The year is not written on the letter.
Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry John Elwes, with enclosed letter to Elwes from J.G Kerr of H.C. Stephens, 22 June 1911
Elwes writes on 22 June 1911 that he will order the Ronaldsay sheep for Ewart. He hopes that Ewart will compare the fleece of 'Murrat' ewe mentioned by H.C Stephens with Cowan's fleeces. Elwes is hoping to get Ewart a fleece of purebred Ryeland, which he believes makes a good cross with the Welsh sheep.
The letter from H.C Stephens, dated 19 June 1911, informs Elwes that he will send him the 'Murrat' ewes shortly, and confirms that he has sent the fleece to Ewart.