Story: Sheep farming

English Leicester ewe

English Leicester ewe

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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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - Early imports of British sheep breeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16633/english-leicester-ewe (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 3 Mar 2015