• Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
    Leicester Longwool
    Sheep Breeders Association
  • Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
    Leicester Longwool
    Sheep Breeders Association

These sheep are important today, with fewer than 500 registered ewes, Leicester Longwools are one of the rarest native breeds in the U.K

History

Bakewell's success was due to his firm faith in the power of animals...

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About Us

Formed in 1893 we now work to preserve these wonderful sheep.

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Contact

Download the Application form, telephone or email one of the Committee contacts

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Christmas Cards Now On Sale

Leicester Long Wool Sheep Breeders Association UK Christmas cards are now available, prices are £1.00 each plus postage or £5.00 for 6 plus postage.

These can be purchased from Chris Sanders or Sue Hatton.
Leicester Longwools Christmas Cards

The Breed Society welcomes new members and we can help with 'starter' flocks. Contact us for more information

Leicester Longwools

To preserve any rare breeds it is important that they are valued. They hold a unique store of genetic traits which are now recognised as valuable to the national commercial flock, being very hardy, good mothers, and providing wonderful fleeces and exceedingly good mutton. They can play a positive role in modern agriculture.

Leicester Longwools can trace their heritage back over 200 years to sheep breeder and agricultural pioneer Robert Bakewell (1725 -1795). They were developed at Dishley Grange in Leicestershire to produce a big framed animal to supply large quantities of meat and wool to meet the demands of the workforce at the start of the Agricultural revolution. This made it a very important breed in its day.

Bakewell spent most of his life experimenting with various farming projects, including Shire horses, the now famous Longhorn Cattle, draining and improving pasture, cabbages and turnips. He pioneered selective breeding and one of the results of his efforts are the sheep we now value as Leicester Longwools.

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Leicester Longwools