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.
Coopworth Sheep Associations
American Coopworth Registry www.americancoopworthregistry.org/ The American Coopworth Registry has been established to address the needs of all owners and breeders of Coopworth sheep, to preserve and improve the breed and to educate its membership. This new organization is also working to promote the breed and make these sheep known for all their notable qualities.
Natural Colored Wool Growers Association www.ncwga.org
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.