Lincoln sheep

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Lincoln sheep,

very large-bodied, white-faced, hornless breed having coarse wool, developed in England. It has made considerable contributions to the American sheep industry in the parentage of other breeds and is widely raised in several countries of the Southern Hemisphere.
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Lincoln Sheep


a breed of semi-fine-wooled sheep raised for meat and wool. It was developed in the 18th and 19th centuries in England (the county of Lincolnshire) by crossbreeding domestic sheep with Leicester rams. Lincoln sheep are the largest of English meat breeds. The rams weigh 130–160 kg; the ewes, 100–120 kg. The animals are early maturing and fatten well. The wool is uniform, coarse, and curly, with good luster. The fleece is 20–30 cm long and of 36–44 quality. A clipping from rams is 10–12 kg and from ewes 5–6 kg. The yield of pure wool is 55–65 percent. Fertility is 120 lambs per 100 ewes. Lincoln sheep require particularly good conditions of feeding and maintenance. They have been exported in large numbers to several countries, including New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and Argentina. In the USSR, Lincoln sheep are raised by purebred breeders and crossbred with coarse-wooled sheep.


Ovtsevodstvo, vol. 2. Edited by G. R. Litovchenko and P. A. Esaulov. Moscow, 1972.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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