Border Cheviot Sheep

The Border Cheviot sheep is a breed of domestic sheep originated from the United Kingdom. It is also known as the South Country Cheviot sheep, and the breed is native to the Cheviot Hills between Scotland and England. It is a very old breed and was recognized as early as 1372.

The Border Cheviot sheep is reported to have developed from the sheep that swam ashore from shipwrecked Spanish Ships that fled northward after the defeat on the Armada. The breed was developed as a mountain sheep breed and they are adapted to these areas where the climate is harsh and the conditions are rugged.

Today the breed is raised mainly for meat production, but are also prized for it’s wool. And today, the breed is raised and mainly distributed through Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Read some more information about this breed below.

Characteristics
The Border Cheviot sheep are small to medium sized animals. They have a distinctive white face, with a wool-free face and legs. They have pricked ears, black muzzle and black feet. Wool of these animals has a distinctive helical crimp, which gives it that highly desirable resilience. Their fleece should be dense and firm with no kemp or colored hair.

The ewes are generally polled, but the rams can have horns. Photo and info from Sheep101 and Wikipedia.

Uses
The Border Cheviot sheep are raised mainly as a meat sheep breed for meat production. But they are also prized for their quality wool.






Special Notes
The Border Cheviot sheep are very hardy and strong animals. They are very alert and active in nature, and are well suited to their local harsh climates and rugged conditions. They are extremely hardy animals and generally can withstand harsh winters and they graze well over hilly pastures.

Today the Border Cheviot sheep is raised mainly for meat production. But they are also prized for their quality wool production. However, review full breed profile of the Border Cheviot sheep in the following chart.

Border Cheviot Sheep | Breed Profile

Breed Name Border Cheviot
Other Name South Country Cheviot
Breed Purpose Mainly meat, also prized for quality wool production
Special Notes Very hardy and strong animals, very alert and active, well suited to the local climates and rugged conditions, can withstand harsh winters and generally graze well over hilly pastures, raised mainly for meat production, also good for quality wool production
Breed Size Small to medium
Horns Ewes are polled, but the rams may have horns
Climate Tolerance Almost all climates
Color Mainly white
Rarity Common
Country/Place of Origin United Kingdom

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