The Castlemilk Moorit is a rare breed of domestic sheep originating in Dumfriesshire in Scotland. Created as a decorative breed in the 1900s to adorn the parkland of a lord’s estate, it is a mixture of several primitive types: Manx Loaghtan, Shetland and wild Mouflon. The breed’s name refers to the Castlemilk Estate on which they were bred, and the Lowland Scots word “moorit” refers to the light tan or reddish brown color of their fleece.
The Castlemilk Moorit is one of the Northern European short-tailed sheep group of breeds, having a short, triangular tail. It has horns in both sexes and a fleece that is usually moulted or rooed (plucked) rather than needing shearing. All Castlemilk Moorits are descended from a single flock of ten ewes and two rams, and the British Rare Breeds Survival Trust lists the breed as “vulnerable”: having a maximum of 900 registered animals.