Leicester Longwool Cuddly Baa
Made from 100% Leicester Longwool wool. This Cuddly Baa is about 8 inches high (20 cms) and about 9 inches (23 cms) long. They are designed as collector items and are not suitable for children under 3 years of age. However a shorn variation (ie without the woolly coat) is available at a slightly lower price.
These sheep had their hay-day in th 18th Century when Robert Bakewell of Dishley saw the possibility of turning the Leicester into a firs class duel purpose sheep, with a high grade carcase as well as the high lustre fleece. Although they originated in the Midlands, they migrated to Yorkshire and Cleveland because they are were well able to stand the rigours of the climate in these parts. The main breeders are still in Yorkshire, but other flocks have been established throughout the country and the Leicester Longwool if now Category 2 on the Rare Breed Survival Trust Watch list, which means there are less than 500 breeding ewes.
The Leicester Longwool is a large sheep, rams can weigh up to 150 kgs and ewes up to 100kgs. The fleece is a fine lustre wool with a staple length of up to 35cms. The pure Leicester is white but there is a recessive gene that can produce a Black Leicester. These are registered as separate flocks.
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