JUDGING GUIDE
 

 GUIDE FOR JUDGING

BLUEFACED LEICESTER SHEEP

(Applies to both white & black animals)

 

 

GENERAL APPEARANCE (10 Points)

 Overall appearance is a proud animal with a bold carriage, purposeful stride and commanding presence. Rams to appear masculine and ewes to appear feminine.

 

CONDITION (10 Points)

Animals should be in working condition, well muscled and not overly fat or thin: this is a very athletic breed of sheep.

 

HEAD & NECK (10 Points)

Head: Broad muzzle, good mouth, roman nose, alert eyes. Black nose and lip (dark mottled with grey acceptable) and long erect ears. Both sexes polled.

Neck: Good length, laid into broad shoulders.

 

FOREQUARTERS (5 Points)

Shoulders: Broad shoulders, well rounded.

Legs: Straight, wide apart, strong boned, free of wool. Black hooves and no evidence of low pasterns. No rust-colored hair.   

 

BODY (15 Points)

Chest: Deep and wide.

Ribs: Well sprung. "A good spring of rib".

Back: Long, strong and level; with no weakness behind the shoulder. Hindquarters should be one-third or less in proportion.

Wool Cover: Even, consistent fleece on the body. Free of wool on the head, neck, legs and belly. On a white animal the head skin should be dark blue showing through white hair.

 

HINDQUARTERS (10 Points)

Hips: Level, smooth and wide apart.

Thighs: Broad and deep

Legs: Well positioned, strong boned, clean and free of wool below the hock. Black hooves.

Udder & Scrotum:

Rams - Testicles well developed and hanging down a distance from the body.

Ewes - Udders should show evidence of two good teats.

 

WOOL (40 Points)

1. Tightly purled, fine, opening cleanly to the skin.

2. Semi-lusterous, 56-60's (24 - 28 microns) 3" - 6" long.

3. Free from kemp and hair. 

4. Uniform fleece.

5. No black spots in white, no white spots in black wool, on the body. Small black spots are permisible on the face, ears, neck and legs.

 

FAULTS

~ Evidence of weakness behind the shoulder.

~ An over or undershot mouth.

~ Weakness in the pasterns.

 

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