Coopworth are medium sized, dual-purpose, white faced sheep
with an alert but quiet disposition. They were developed in New Zealand in the
1960s from Border Leicester and Romney crosses, and was first imported into
the United States during the late 1970s. Today they are one of the most dominant
breeds in New Zealand.
They are a highly productive sheep, and are popular for easy
care lambing, prolificacy, and good mothering ability. Coopworth wool is
relatively coarse and long and is popular with hand spinners.