When you look over the field gate, you must like what you see. But it must be practical too.
Now that it costs as much, or more, to shear a sheep than you are paid for the fleece, there is not much point to sheep for wool. The Wiltshire Horn has a natural ability to shed their winter fleece in the spring. The fields look at bit of a mess while they are shedding but not for long. Nature, in its wonderful way, times the shedding for when the birds are building their nests, so the birds collect the sheddings, tidy up the fields and build themselves very luxurious nests for when they bring their young into the world. The plus for the sheep is that they are not susceptible to fly strike like most other breeds.
Wiltshire Horns are an attractive, hardy, self-sufficient breed. The carcase is large with good confirmation and flavoursome meat.
Wiltshire Horn ewes are excellent mothers with abundant milk for producing healthy, fast growing lambs.
Wiltshire Horn sheep are found in commercial flocks and are ideal smallholders' sheep due to their shedding ability (it's not easy getting a sheep shearer to come to you for a few sheep!).