Cotswolds' Unique Benefits Among Longwool Sheep
Cotswolds are the only luster longwool sheep developed in bleak uplands---the ancient Cotswold Hills, where crisp, chill air in winter, and a "fend for yourself" husbandry system harshly dealt with weaklings in the flock.
Each Longwool breed has its own unique purposes. Special attributes of Cotswold sheep, not common in other longwool breeds, are:
Cotswolds can be harvested over a long period (up to a year longer than some sheep breeds) without any deterioration in their very mild meat flavor or tenderness.
Cotswolds can be kept in "pasture storage," or on hay (growing steadily but cheaply) and then harvested as needed (no need to rush to market to beat falling autumn prices or the "after-Easter demand fade").
[Note to growers: After 14 months, Cotswold sheep are called "Tegs" (or Yearlings) and their meat should then be marketed as hard-to-find gourmet "teg mutton" or "yearling mutton"---and no longer called "lamb."]
Cotswolds do well on good grass with little or no grain (though lambs do grow bigger chops with a concentrate supplement where pastures are not first-rate).
Cotswold sheep are built for easy lambing (small heads, narrow flanks), and easy grazing (long necks) in low-rent terrain.
How does the Cotswold compare with other Longwool Breeds?
Last Updated: 05/09/2011