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Long Wool Breeds: Border Leicester

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 225-300 lb.
Ewe 150-225 lb.

AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER

Micron 38-30
Spinning Count 50-40

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 8-12 lb.

YIELD

60-70%

STAPLE LENGTH

5-10"

The Border Leicester originated in England from Leicester x Cheviot crosses and is found in the northern U.S. and Canada in high rainfall, good pasture areas. The breed has been used throughout the world to sire crossbred females. They are medium to large with a white face and bare head and legs. They are moderately prolific, good milkers and mothers. Border Leicesters yield a long-stapled, lustrous, coarse wool that is much in demand by handspinners.

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