Leicestershire from 1755, he produced the New – or Dishley – Leicester,
which combined the breed’s original hardiness and excellence in the production
of a long, heavy fleece with an increase in fattening ability and early
Unfortunately Bakewell did not record his
breeding and development methods – nor talk of them much – although there is no
doubt he was hugely successful.
The Leicester was brought to New Zealand in
1843 – where it was promptly renamed the English Leicester – to be farmed on
the lower, wetter areas unsuitable for the Merino.
Thet were used in the creation of several
breeds developed in New Zealand, notably the Corriedale and the Halfbred.
Leicester rams are still in some demand today to create this latter breed,
although their numbers are substantially reduced.
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