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LEICESTER LONGWOOL SHEEP

Order
Artiodactyla

Family
Bovidae

Habitat & Range
Native to Great Britain, the Leicester sheep can also now be found the United States, Australia and New Zealand. They are sound-footed which means that they can roam flat or hilly land.

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Name: DIVA (female)
Location: Petting Barn
Born: 05/15/2003
Arrived at EPZ: 06/16/2003
 
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Identification
Leicester longwool sheep are covered in dense white fleece that is curly or wavy from skin to tip. Their head is somewhat wedge-shaped, wide at the ears and tapering to the nostrils. An adult male ranges from 140 to 330 pounds, however roughly 10% of their weight can come from their fleece.

Diet
Leicesters are eager grazers and make good use of abundant pastures.

Reproduction & Lifespan
The Leicester longwool was one of the first animals used to utilize modern breeding techniques in the selection of livestock. This sheep has played a vital role in the development of many of our modern and familiar sheep breeds. Females (ewes) produce plenty of milk for their young, giving them a very high lambing percentage of 120 to 150%.

 
 
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