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Long Wool Breeds: Cotswold

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 250-290 lb.
Ewe 190-220 lb.

AVERAGE fiber DIAMETER

Micron 40-33
Spinning Count 46-36

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 12-15 lb.

YIELD

60%

STAPLE LENGTH

10-12"

The Cotswold breed orginated in the hills of Gloucestershire, England from indigenous stock and is one of the oldest breeds known. It has contributed to the ancestry of other breeds in the United Kingdom and Europe. It is large with a white face, wool on the legs, and a characteristic tuft or lock of wool on the forehead. Cotswold sheep are noted for their long, stout-fibered, lustrous fleece of natural wavy curls.

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