The Shropshire sheep breed originated in England. Farmers developed the breed by crossbreeding Leicester, Southdown, Cotswold and native sheep. In 1855 the Shropshire sheep breed was introduced to the United States. Shropshires were an immediate hit with US shepherds.
Shropshires were one of the most popular sheep breeds in the U.S. until the 1930’s and remain popular in small pockets around the country to this day.
What do Shropshire Sheep Look Like?
Shropshire sheep are average to large in size and are distinguishable from other sheep breeds by their dark faces and wooly legs.
They resemble the Hampshire sheep breed but are typically smaller and finer boned.
Why Raise Shropshires?
Shepherds raise Shropshires for meat. They produce a lean, high-quality carcass.
Shropshire ewes are known for their strong maternal instinct and they are valued by shepherds for ample milk production.
Shropshire lambs are robust and grow at a rapid pace.
Though they are primarily a meat breed, Shropshire wool is classified as medium-grade, making it a solid value for commercial use.
Shropshire Sheep Breed Information
|Mature Body Weight||Ram: 225 – 290 pounds|
Ewe: 170 – 200 pounds
|Average Fiber Diameter||Micron 25 -33|
USDA Wool Grade 46’s – 58’s
|Grease Fleece Weight||6 – 10 pounds|
|Wool Staple Length||3 – 4 inches|
For more information about Shropshires or to find a breeder near you, visit the American Shropshire Registry Association website.