English Leicester Sheep
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English Leicester (also known as BakewellrnLeicester, New Leicester, Dishley Leicester, Leicester Longwool, ImprovedrnLeicester, and simply as Leicester) sheep were developed by the eighteenthrncentury breeding innovator Robert Bakewell. rnrn

rnrnAt first they were pretty slow-growing andrnclosely boned. But over time they have been developed to gain weight quicklyrnand grow very fast. In 1826 they were one of the first pure sheep breedsrnintroduced to Australia. They have been used for improving may other sheeprnbreeds, mainly because of their meaty carcass and heavy fleece. rnrn

rnrnrnrnThey are large sheep. Their face is usuallyrnof a wedge shape and covered in white hairs, often with a blue tinge). Theirrnlips and nostrils are black. Their neck is of medium length and their shouldersrnare strong and level with their flat back. 

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