About the Breed
Shropshire sheep are a dual purpose (meat and wool) breed developed in the early 19th Century by farmers in Shropshire and the West Midlands. The Shropshire Sheep Breeders’ Association was formed in 1882 and has the distinction of being the oldest breed society in the UK.
Shropshire’s are the most northerly of all the British “Downland” breeds. They are hardy and versatile and thrive in a wide range of conditions. Ewes are prolific and good mothers. Rams are robust, will work early in the season and make good crossing sires. Lambs are vigorous, grow fast and produce a good meaty carcass. They can finish early from grass alone.
Shropshire’s are also now well-known for being the “tree-friendly” breed.
They are used widely to control grass and herbage in conifer plantations, orchards and other deciduous trees.
For more information about Shropshire Sheep, visit the breed society’s website: www.shropshire-sheep.co.uk