At Fuzzy Ewe Farm, we are focused on conservation and sustainability. Leicester Longwools are a conservation breed listed as threatened in the U.S. and Europe. You can find more information about Leicester Longwools and other heritage breeds on The Livestock Conservancy website.
Leicester Longwools were originally bred by Robert Bakewell in the mid-1700s. Mr. Blakewell was the pioneer of selective breeding and became famous for his techniques. His intent was to select characteristics for a triple purpose breed (dairy, meat and wool). The result was a strong-boned, barrel-shaped breed of sheep that were high-quality producers of all three. Leicester Longwools are also very friendly and easy to manage making them suitable for shepherds with small children and other pets.