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Coopworth ewes

Coopworth ewes

The Coopworth was named after Ian Coop, who developed the breed by crossing the Romney and Border Leicester. Coopworths are not bred for their looks, but for productivity – fertility, lamb growth rates and wool quality. This flock has features of both the source breeds – from the heavy, round Romney type with a woolly head, to the leggier Border Leicester, which has no wool on its face and very little on its head.

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - New Zealand sheep breeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Mar 2015