Shropshire sheep are medium in size with a black face and legs with a dense white fleece growing up over the forehead. Black ear protruding from the side of the head give the breed an alert appearance.
The breed was developed in the 19th century by crossing various local breeds in the Shropshire and North Staffordshire area, including the small, black-faced Long Mynd and the sheep of Morfe Common. The Shropshire Sheep Breeders Association was established in 1882 and is claimed to be the oldest in the UK.
From an early stage in the history of the breed, Shropshires were exported to North America and the colonies. In more recent years, the breed has established a new European profile in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland – as well as having various breed enthusiasts throughout the UK.
A lowland breed but with the ability to also thrive on more extreme terrain in high rainfall areas. Shropshire females with good mothering abilities can lamb early (before Christmas) to produce strong, high quality lambs for the food chain.