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.
Annual General Meeting and Association Lunch & Talk
You are all invited to the AGM, to meet new friends, socialise, talk Sheep! and join us in the important work of preserving this
Saturday 28th October 2017
Charnwood Golf Club next to Dishley Grange
Breakback Road Woodhouse Eaves Loughborough LE12 8TA
10.30a.m: Tea and Coffee available from 10.30, then delegates may walk/drive to Dishley Grange, visit that remains of the church with a plaque commemorating Robert Bakewell, see the gardens and the site of his farm.
12.30p.m: Buffet Lunch at the Golf Club at £10 per head £5 deposit from delegates and the Association will cover the rest. Deposit and booking required in advance by 20th Oct please to enable us to provide suitable catering.
2.30pm.:Talk by Sue Brown of the New Dishley Society on the Life and Works of Robert Bakewell. His influence on British agricultural and our Sheep and all other aspects of his work.