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Border Leicester Details
UsesLamb, hoggett, mutton. Wool: Blended for knitting yarn. Used for crossing with hill breeds for productive and prolific cross bred ewes.
OriginLeicestershire, England, Great Britain
ClassMedium to Longwool. Polled.
ParentageOld Leicestershire breed and Cheviot to create the Dishley Leicester then further improved in Northern England.
Border Leicester Sheep Breeders Society
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.