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History of Welsh sheep uncovered

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They may have been domesticated 10,000 years ago but the genetic past of Welsh sheep has been uncovered by researchers at Aberystwyth University.

They studied eighteen native breeds and found four distinct groups.

Some breeds, like the Black Welsh Mountain Sheep, saw their genetic history mapped back to Scandinavia. They were brought here by the Vikings.

The Llandovery White Face saw its roots traced back to Roman times.

The study even found that one particular breed of sheep, exclusively from the Llyn peninsula in northwest Wales, can trace its genetics back to a single, small flock of sheep in Galway, Ireland from the early 19th century.

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“These findings provide the basis for future genome-wide association studies and a first step towards developing genomics assisted breeding strategies in the UK.”

– Sarah Beynon, Aberystwyth University


Woman dies in Snowdonia

A 70-year-old woman has died on the 3,000ft Tryfan in Snowdonia

Rescuers were alerted when her partner arrived at a car park in the Ogwen Valley, yesterday, in a confused state with superficial injuries.

Members of Ogwen mountain rescue team went on the mountain and discovered the woman lying on a footpath to the east of the Milestone Buttress, having fallen more than 30ft. A dozen team members helped to recover the body last night.

The woman had been with an eight-strong family party from the Midlands and South of England, their ages ranging from late 30s to mid 70s, who had walked up Tryfan, arriving at the foot of the North Tower about lunchtime. One of the senior couple was not confident about climbing the Tower, so the party split, four continuing to the summit and the couple retracting their steps down the north ridge and following the line of a footpath.

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