Breed Guidelines

Lincoln sheep

Lincoln Longwool Breed Standard

Breed Character – 20%

The Lincoln Longwool is an impressive, multipurpose, heavily built, rugged, large volume, adaptable sheep with a calm and gentle disposition. The carcass is well-muscled and highly regarded for taste and texture. The Lincoln fleece yields a strong, long, lustrous, wide lock with bold crimp. The fleece is either white or colored. The colored fleece tends to be shaded in color with the darkest wool on the shoulders and legs and silver gray to black on the body.

The ideal white and colored Lincoln should have:
A broad-based head with wide set, blue skinned nostrils; an open face with a well-defined forelock. Masculine wrinkles on the head of the ram are acceptable. Ears positioned straight out; not too up-pointed, too forward or lopping. Solid black hooves are preferred.

Objectionable: white hooves or excessive wool below eyes.

Specific to the white Lincoln:
Blue skinned ears, or born pink with large dark spots developing by yearling.

Objectionable: light pink nose, rust (smut) on legs, ears, or face.

Wool – 40%

Heavy, distinctive, lightly yoked, uniform in wave or curl with loft, luster and density. Emphasis should be placed on uniformity. Strong, well-defined, 2-finger-wide locks, finger-width crimp; breed fiber diameter 40 ± 8 (Std. Dev.) microns, 20% coefficient of variation. Lincoln fleece is fast growing and heavy yielding by weight.

The white Lincoln should be free of colored wool. A black spot on lower leg is not a disqualification. More or larger black spots is objectionable. The colored Lincoln fleece is acceptable in any color or variation of natural colors. For all Lincolns, harsh, straight hairy wool on thighs is objectionable.

Conformation – 40%

Lincolns are a large volume sheep, but not meaning length of leg only, having substance of bone to carry their weight. The Lincoln must walk freely. Shoulders should be well back with head up and stand straight and level. The length of body should be consistent with a deep rib, wide spring and well-muscled chest and hind saddle.

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