Border Leicester - Sheep

Border leicester shearling ewe. Courtesy of Eleanor Stokeld

Border Leicester Details

Uses
Lamb, hoggett, mutton. Wool: Blended for knitting yarn. Used for crossing with hill breeds for productive and prolific cross bred ewes.
Origin
Leicestershire, England, Great Britain
Class
Medium to Longwool. Polled.
Colour
All white
Parentage
Old Leicestershire breed and Cheviot to create the Dishley Leicester then further improved in Northern England.
Breed Club

Border Leicester Sheep Breeders Society

www.borderleicesters.co.uk

 

Border Leicester Description

The Border Leicester ram is commonly used as a crossing sire to utilise hardy hill and mountain ewes to produce productive cross bred ewes. The most common crosses are as follows:

The English Half-bred is derived from crossing a Longwool ram the Border Leicester with a Mountain/hill ewe the Clun
The Welsh Half-bred is derived from crossing a Longwool ram the Border Leicester with a Mountain/hill ewe the Welsh Mountain ewe.
The Scotch Half-bred is derived from crossing a Longwool ram the Border Leicester with a mountain/hill ewe the Cheviot.


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