Border Leicester- England’s indigenous breed

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Border Leicester’s primary purpose of raising is for wool and meat. The breed is an indigenous breed in the British Isles. 

Border Leicester breed information

A large white breed with a long body, with a Roman nose and pointed ears.

A ram at withers can stand about 80 to 85 cm.

The breed produces high-performance breeding ewes.

Producing early maturing lambs and fast-finishing butcher’s lambs.

the fleece weighs around 6 to 9 kg for rams and 4 to 6 kg for ewes.

The carpet quality fleece is produced. The staple length is around 20 cms with 29 to 32 microns.

Lambs yield an average of 1.8 kg (4.0 lb) of wool and yearlings may yield 3.2 kg (7.1 lb) at each shearing.

Liveweight of a mature ram will be in the range of  140–175 kg (309–386 lb) and ewe 90–120 kg (200–260 lb).

The sheep are large but docile. 

Even though in harsh climates the survival rate of newborn lambs is high, thanks to their thick covering of wool.

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Things to know

Robert Bakewell (1726-95) is responsible for the early improvement of many breeds of livestock, one of them is Border Leicester. Due to the breeding practices and mating closely related individuals he was able to get the desired type of sheep.

Australia and the United States have imported Border Leicester.

Brief characteristics of Border Leicester  sheep

Breed NameBorder Leicester
Other Name
Country/Place of OriginNorthumberland, England
Breed Purposewool and meat
Breed Sizelarge
Weight
Ram(Male)
140–175 kg (309–386 lb)
Ewe(Female)90–120 kg (200–260 lb)
Kiddingone or two
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions
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