The Persian Blackhead sheep is a breed of Fat-tailed sheep, and is not actually Persian. It is South African.
Fat-tailed sheep used to be cherished worldwide in old times not only for their resilience against harsh conditions, but also for their amazing flavour and for the luxurious fat they are known store up particularly in their tails.
Feedlot systems have made them unpopular due to their carcasses scoring low at the abattoir compared to lean heavily muscled breeds common in feedlot systems, and therefore the farmer recieves a low price as a direct result of the very thing that makes them SO delicious.
This has made numbers of fat-tailed breeds worldwide start to dwindle, making them harder to find, but many farmers around the world will maintain small little flocks of them for their own consumption.
Persians, or "Persies" particularly among Fat-tailed sheep or "Dumba" as some call them, are renowned for the softness of their fat.
We know this, and that's why we've brought out some "Persie" products from our own flock!