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Border Leicester sheep are one of three distinctrnbreeds of Leicester sheep.rnrn 

rnrnBorder Leicester sheep were developed in 1767 by George andrnMatthew Culley of Fenton, Northumberland, England. They were friends of RobertrnBakewell and had access to his improved Leicesters. Some believe that thernCulley brothers developed the Border Leicester by crossing Bakewell's improvedrnLeicester rams with Teeswater ewes. Others argue that Cheviot blood wasrnintroduced.

rnrnIn any case, the breed was firmly established in England byrn1850 and Border Leicesters have now surpassed the old English Leicester inrnpopularity in the British Isles and in other countries. rnrn rnrnBorder Leicesters are a distinctively large white sheep,rnlong in body, well sprung ribs with well-developed chest and gigot, proud andrngraceful with white densely planted wool, 18-20cms in length. Average maturernewe weighs 80-100kg, rams 125-150kg.

rnrnThey are moderately prolific, good milkers, and mothers.rnThey have been used throughout the world to sire crossbred females. They yieldrna long-stapled, lustrous, coarse wool that is much in demand by hand spinners.

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Since 1977 the purpose of NCWGA has been to assist members in the development and promotion of naturally-colored sheep and their wool. NCWGA can accomplish this by offering a number of services to members. These services include programs to support breeders of colored sheep, to support sheep shows which allow colored sheep, and to support the judges of those shows. 

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