Border Leicester Sheep

Waiting to return to ByChance.
Rams Waiting to return to ByChance.

Border Leicester sheep (1,2) were imported to Australia in 1871, where they now have a large number of stud flocks. Border Leicester rams are used for mating with Merino ewes to breed the first-cross mothers that are so valuable for the production of prime lambs. Border Leicester Merino cross ewes produced in this way offer the greatest overall performance when breeding meat type sheep, with a well proportioned carcase, high fertility, good foraging ability and good milk production.

Border Leicester Merino cross ewes are mated to shortwool rams (e.g. Poll Dorset or Southdown) to produce prime lambs, which grow rapidly to market weights and have the ideal carcase shape. The vast majority of Australian lambs produced for meat are bred in this manner.[3]” (1)

[1]     Australian Border Leicester Association. Why border leicesters? http://www.borderleicester.com.au/#!why-borders/cee5. Accessed: 2016-7-28.

[2]     Wikipedia contributors. Border leicester sheep. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Border_Leicester_sheep&oldid=732158075, 30 July 2016. Accessed: 2016-8-9.

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