Leicester sheep

Leicester sheep

(lĕs`tər), breed of sheep originated from native stock as mutton producers in Leicestershire, England, by the English livestock breeder Robert Bakewell (c.1755). English Leicesters have white faces and legs, broad backs, and thick flesh. They mature early and have heavy fleeces, the wool hanging in compact locks. Offspring of a cross of Merino ewes and English Leicester rams provide some of the choicest of all wools. The Border Leicester strain was developed in the border counties of England and Scotland by crossbreeding English Leicesters and Cheviots. Their heads are free of wool, their bodies square, and their carriage alert. Leicesters were first brought to the United States in colonial times and are bred in small numbers in parts of the N United States. In Canada Border Leicesters are more common than the English.
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He was first introduced to shearing by a neighbour whilst wrapping fleeces - in between showing his Bluefaced Leicester sheep on the summer circuit with brother Dion.
Mr Pirie breeds around 250 Bluefaced Leicester sheep and Scottish Mules.
The second dispersal of the day was the entire flock of traditional Blue Faced Leicester sheep from S Bryson, Kilfaddoch which were keenly sought after.
Livestock exhibitors at this year's show include Bird Farm Alpacas; Ystrad from Wales, whose traditional British breeds and their cross-bred lambs are bred for their fleeces; the RyelR and Flock Book Society, promoting the use of this t ancient breed's wool and yarn; Pure Welsh showcasing wool from their flock of Llanwenogs; the Shetland Sheep Society, showing how this t breed has fine fleeces in many colours and patterns; Home Farm Wensleydales, who breed Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester sheep for their wool and Pickwick Flock with rare breed pedigree Cotswold sheep, producing high lustre silk-like spinning fleeces.
The Ridley family, who are renowned Bluefaced Leicester sheep breeders, did Stu - a keen showman himself - proud at this week's Northumberland County Show.
Proudly showing off some fine examples of Pedigree Border Leicester sheep were nine-year-old Leon Hayes and his sister Katie-Rose Hayes, six.
9: Farm open day, "Performance recording of Bluefaced Leicester sheep", Myfyrian Isaf, Gaerwen, Anglesey, 2pm.
As marriage, family and farming commitments took up more of his time, he retired from the saddle and turned his attention to breeding Bluefaced Leicester sheep.
Handlers around the country commonly use Border Leicester sheep or crosses derived from Border Leicesters.
A FARMER is fighting to save his famous flock of Bluefaced Leicester sheep after being told that they will be slaughtered within days.
Charlottesville, VA 22911 e-mail: MangManor@aol.com (Moorit and gray starter flocks, fleeces, finished wool items) Martha McGrath Deer Run Sheep Farm HC 72, Box 14D Franklin, WV 26807 e-mail: deerrun@access.mountain.net http://www.agdomain.com/web/blacksheep/ (Colored and white Coopworth/Bluefaced Leicester sheep & fleeces) Read more about livestock and HOMESTEADING.

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