Cotswold Sheep (Ovine aries)

Cotswold Sheep, (also known as "The Lion of the Cotswold’s) live in our New England Farmyard. This sheep is a long-wool
breed raised for its wool, milk and meat. When shorn, its spiral locks of fleece will yield 13-15 pounds (6 to 10kg) of wool per sheep. The wool is used for loose-twisted worsted spinning, throws and rugs.

Description: 

Cotswold sheep are large, docile sheep weighing between 200 to 300 pounds (85 to 140 kg), with rams weighing more than ewes. Their color varies from white, silver, bluish gray, and charcoal to black. Occasionally they have small black spots on the face, legs, inside the ears and on the hooves. In addition they have a heavy forelock which falls over their faces.

Habitat: 

Wood, open hillside and farms.

Range: 

Cotswold sheep originated in the Cotswold Hills area of England, and they were brought to the US in 1832.

Diet: 

Herbs, grasses and grain

Life Span: 

In captivity sheep can live between 10-20 years.

Family Life: 

Females give birth to 1-4 young, usually 1-2, After the young are born, the farmer usually keeps the lambs with their mothers.

Status: 

They have the status of a rare breed. There are fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in North America, with a global population estimated below 5,000.