LEICESTER LONGWOOL SHEEP

Order
Artiodactyla

Family
Bovidae

Habitat & Range
Native to Great Britain, the Leicester sheep can also now be found the United States, Australia and New Zealand. They are sound-footed which means that they can roam flat or hilly land.

Identification
Leicester longwool sheep are covered in dense white fleece that is curly or wavy from skin to tip. Their head is somewhat wedge-shaped, wide at the ears and tapering to the nostrils. An adult male ranges from 140 to 330 pounds, however roughly 10% of their weight can come from their fleece.

Diet
Leicesters are eager grazers and make good use of abundant pastures.

Reproduction & Lifespan
The Leicester longwool was one of the first animals used to utilize modern breeding techniques in the selection of livestock. This sheep has played a vital role in the development of many of our modern and familiar sheep breeds. Females (ewes) produce plenty of milk for their young, giving them a very high lambing percentage of 120 to 150%.

 
 
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