Leicester Longwool

November 07, 2020

Leicester Longwool

The Leicester Longwool is a breed developed by the primary exponent of livestock breeding Robert Bakewell in the 1700s. 

Largely developed for their fleece qualities, the breed has lustrous wool with a micron count of 32 to 38 and with a well-defined crimp.

However, the breed’s carcass qualities should not be dismissed and the growth rate of both pure and crossbred lambs is another key characteristic of the breed.

A naturally polled breed, the Leicester Longwool has a wedge shaped head with white hair covering it. A strong, well set shoulder is followed by a wide back and loin.

Since the mid-1980s Black Leicester Longwools have also been recognized in the UK and these are gaining popularity with small flock owners.


Pictures provided by UK Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
For more information visit:
UK - Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association
USA - Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association




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