Shropshires are a good, middle-of-the-road sheep, medium to large in size, with dark faces and wool on the legs. They originated in central western England in the counties of Shropshire and Stafford from native stock, Southdown, Leicester, and Cotswold crosses. First imported into the United States in 1855, until the 1930?s, the Shropshire was the most popular and influential breed in the country.

Called the “Ideal Farm Sheep,” Shropshires were boasted to have “wool from the tip of the nose to the tip of the toes.” Over the last few decades, Shropshires have evolved into a very modern and productive breed, perfect for families with youth projects.