We are currently looking for high resolution pictures of any of the breeds. Photo and info from Wikipedia . This variation in the breed resulted in the two being nicknamed the "Bluecaps" and the "Redlegs". [2], There are key strengths associated with the Border Leicester making them an excellent breed for farmers. [1] It is a polled, long-wool sheep and is considered a dual-purpose breed as it is reared both for meat and for wool. The Border Leicester along with the Oxford became the dominant breeds of the early Canadian sheep industry. A separate class for Border Leicesters, distinct from the English Leicester, was first held at the Highland Show in Scotland in 1869. The English or "Dishley" (Bakewell's improved breed), the Blueface or "Hexham" and the Border Leicester. The English and Blueface breeds are uncommon in North America today. Sheep with long, lustrous wool have been in Leicestershire, England since the earliest recorded history of the British Isles and are responsible for the improvement and development of other longwool breeds. Unit weight. [4], Border Leicesters are all white with a distinct long body, well-developed chest, well-sprung ribs and a wide, strong back. Robert Bakewell (1726-95), third-generation farmer who resided at Dishley in Leicestershire, is credited with improvement of the Leicester sheep and also played an important role in the development of the Shire horse and Longhorn cattle. ", "Description of the Border Leicester Sheep Breed", The Society for Border Leicester Sheep Breeders, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Border_Leicester&oldid=973556238, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 August 2020, at 21:55. The live weight of a mature Border Leicester ram is in the range of 140–175 kg (309–386 lb) and a mature ewe 90–120 kg (200–260 lb). fiber source: hand selected fleeces from Overlook Manor, Warrenton, Virginia and Orange Gate Farm, Maurerton, Virginia fiber content: 100% Border Leicester wool. The vast majority of Australian lambs produced for meat are bred in this manner. Border Leicesters give them rapidly growing, high-quality market lambs as well as a much sought after specialty wool crop. Their name derives from the fact that their birthplace is near the border of Scotland with their foundation stock being Dishley Leicester rams. The live weight of a mature Border Leicester ram is in the range of 140–175 kg (309–386 lb) and a mature ewe 90–120 kg (200–260 lb). This wool, though, is prized by spinners because of the crimp and lustre. Border Leicester sheep were imported to Australia in 1871, where they now have a large number of stud flocks. Their white wool tends to be very long and by Merino standards, broad crimped, and in fineness about 32 to 38 microns, and is used for medium- to heavy-weight garments.