About Cotswold Sheep
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Black Cotswold Breed
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Look For These Traits When Buying Cotswold Sheep:
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American Cotswold Record Association
(ACRA) Eligibility--125 years of uncompromised standards, verifying every pedigree for you
through 5 or more generations.
Skeletal Frame--Mature weight when in show (fat)
condition: Ewes at least 175 lbs. to over 220 lbs. Rams at
least 275 lbs. to well over 300 lbs. [Broadfield's Pride, a
great ram of the 19th Century attained a verified weight of 445
Conformation--Small heads, large hind legs,
long body, deep chest, wide back, strong leg bones. Thick,
muscular tail stub, indicating larger loin chops.
(or singles from all-twin parents and
Natural Color Is Sought, be sure to buy
Black Cotswold Society-registered stock (world's only registry
of the unmixed Black Cotswold Breed of Sheep).
Fleece Wave Or Curl, white or cream-colored
Wide-Set Eyes; wide muzzle for easy breathing and
Masculinity--both testicles (of large-size) descended into
scrotum, not too close to ground, wide nose (knob) hoarse rammy
Femininity--tight, smooth udder, high hips, deep roomy
middle, narrow feminine face, no masculine hoarseness in voice.
Of Flock--no flock is perfectly uniform,
but "poor doers" if any, should stand out. Beware of
the flock in which only the "good" sheep stand out.
This is an important point: Greatly varying shapes and sizes
means little attention was paid to "future get," a
shepherd's term for genetic reliability. When lambs all look
alike, you know what you're going to get from them as breeders.
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