• 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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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

Leicestershire County Show

The sheep schedule, which has been made available has some printing errors. Please note.

British Native Longwool Breeds

This class is open to any Longwool breed (white or coloured) excluding white Leicester Longwools which are in the next section.

All Leicester Longwool sheep must have been shorn in 2017, except 2017 lambs.

The Show will offer a separate Black Leicester Longwool class if sufficient entries are received, at least 4 entries per class.

Class 13: Shearling / Yearling Ewe (clipped), or older Ewe having reared a lamb in 2017, current year

The show will consider splitting the class 13 if sufficient entries are made, into shearling ewe and older ewe.

Leicester Longwool (This class is for white fleece Leicester Longwool Sheep only.)

All Leicester Longwool sheep must have been shorn in 2017, except 2017 lambs.

The Schedule should read:

Class 18: Ewe having reared a lamb in 2017, current year
Class 19: Shearling / Yearling Ewe (clipped)
Class 19A: Ewe Lamb

Leicestershire County Show is offering to run Young Handlers classes. If you wish to enter please enter on sheep schedule or on a separate piece of paper with the Young Handlers details, Name, Age and contact details, entries will also be taken on the day.