November 07, 2020
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.
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