The Coopworth is a medium size, dual purpose, longwool breed with an alert but quiet disposition. They were developed in the 1950s and 1960s by crossing Border Leicester rams and Romney ewes. Only the best of the resulting progeny were interbred over many years. The goal was to create a highly prolific and easily managed sheep that would excel in the production of both meat and wool for commercial use. It is hardy and adaptable to many farm models.
Traditionally, the Coopworth has been bred for productivity and easy care characteristics so difficult births are uncommon. Ewes have very strong mothering instincts and seldom leave their lambs after birth.Multiple births are most likely and Coopworth ewes will provide more than adequate milk for their lambs. With the addition of good quality grass the lambs grow nicely, making this breed ideal for low-input, pasture-based systems. Rams are virile and settle their ewes quickly.
For more information:
American Coopworth Registry