The original importation of Gotlands to Britain was in 1972 by the McDonald family who ran the Antartex sheepskin business in Glasgow. By 1983 Gotlands had spread to 10 breeders in Britain and the first flock book was published. Following this, an enjoyable and informative quarterly magazine Go Gotland -ran for four years helping to spread the word, resulting in a widely scattered network of enthusiastic Gotland owners. As a result of this enthusiasm the BGSS was formed in 1992 with the expressed aim of improving Gotland sheep through breeding and to encourage their use, appreciation, protection and well being in the UK.

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