LIVESTOCK | Shropshire Sheep
The Shropshire breed of sheep originated in Shropshire and Staffordshire, England in 1848. They were first imported into the United States about 1855. Their adaptability to all kinds of pasture land, hardiness to withstand our variable climate, close, oily wool to shield them from the snows and sleet, their longevity and prolificacy and many other outstanding qualities made them widely popular in the States. During the 1920's and 1930's the Shropshire was easily the most popular and the most influential breed in the United States.
Today's Shropshire is one of the better dual-purpose breeds adapted to farm conditions. Shropshires are a medium sized sheep which produce lambs that are hardy, vigorous and meaty. They are one of the heaviest wool producers among the medium-wool breeds. The fleece is dense and elastic to the touch, light shrinking and of a quality which is readily marketable. They are gentle in disposition, making them perfect for the farm flock or as a club project for children.