• 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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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

OBITUARY: Mr Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman, a longstanding and respected breeder of Leicester Longwools has died at the age of 86. There is evidence that the Coleman's Flock of Leicester's was certainly around in 1834 and the flock derives its name from the village of Speeton in East Yorkshire. From 1947. Along with his father Arthur and sister Judy, Chris showed the flock at national and local levels, having many successes, winning Championship prizes at the Royal and Yorkshire Shows and winning the Long Wool Championship no fewer than 13 times at the Royal Smithfield Show.

Chris Coleman was a founder member of the Rare Breeds' Survival Trust and his appearance on Countryfile renewed the ties with the Trust as he had worked with Adam Henson's father as council members when it first began. For 42 years he was a great supporter of The Great Yorkshire Show where he served as a Sheep and Chief Steward. He was made an Honoury Vice President as a mark of his dedication to the sheep section of the society.

William Coleman (Grandfather) was President of the Leicester Longwool Sheepbreeders' Association in 1935. Arthur Coleman (Father) held the office in 1957 and Chris followed them in their footsteps. For many years, Chris Coleman was the Treasurer of the Association, he was also a much-respected judge and only stepped down from the panel of LLSBA judges in April 2016. He wrote to the Show secretary:

"I am not very mobile now and find it difficult getting around. However, I am a paid-up member and at any time I may be of help via the phone or mail I would only be too pleased to help. The Association looks to be in good hands at the moment and I hope the trend continues."

Chris Coleman's kind words of help and encouragement were a characteristic so well known to those who had the privilege to meet him and the Association is immensely grateful to Chris and his forebears for all they have done to promote and continue the Leicester Longwool breed.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, his children Jo, Lucy and Tim and six grandchildren.