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Leicester Longwool

A large breed of sheep, long famous for its wool. Their fleece averages 5kg and the wool is long. They are pale grey in colour, with a white face, which is largely covered by hanging fleece.

Unfortunately, cheap wool imports and the fact that the carcass is too large for the main meat trade mean that the breed has gone out of fashion. The breed is now listed as 'endangered' by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust' and only about 520 breeding females are thought to survive. For more information contact: The Leicester Longwool Breeding Society, The Showground, Kelleythorpe, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 9DN. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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