The English Leicester was one of the British sheep breeds imported to improve the Merino and replace it in some areas. This champion ewe, photographed around 1922, is a good example of the breed. English Leicesters have no wool on their faces and legs, and the rams have no horns. They were crossed with a Merino to produce sheep suitable for the frozen meat trade. Later, this cross was used to develop the Corriedale.
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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: William Perry, Sheep farming in New Zealand. Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1922, facing p. 5
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