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Leicester Longwood Sheep

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FACTFILE

Rarity

The Leicester Longwool sheep is considered an ‘At Risk’ breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. This means they are close to becoming extinct.

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Productivity

The Leicester Longwool produces beautiful wool as well as a small amount of meat!

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Superpower: Mothering Ability

These sheep make great mums because they produce so much milk to feed their lambs and are often able to look after triplets – that’s three lambs!

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Breed History

The Leicester Longwool breed dates all the way back to the 18th century – that’s over 300 years ago! They are one of the first breeds to be changed through a process called ‘selective breeding’ by a man called Robert Bakewell.

Our Purpose

Leicester Longwool sheep are particulary known for their long wool! Their wool is a favourite of spinners because of extra the long fibres. They also produce lean meat but these days are not really bred for that purpose.

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