Rare Breeds: English Leicester
Jo and Peter purchased a small farm on the banks of the Collie River in 2007 after a long association with Esperance. Peter was the stud master for a Shropshire and Border Leicester flock in Esperance and when he moved the Shropshires were sold to Ross and Alex Robertson of Fergusson Valley. After breeding Wiltshires for six years the decision was taken to bring back English Leicesters and Lincoln's to Western Australia. These breeds had disappeared some thirty years earlier but they had had an influence on the modern breeds. Breeding them in WA was one way to educate and inform about the role these breeds played in the development of the sheep industry. There is also a market for the wool from a very active spinning fraternity who can vaguely remember the last time such a fibre was available in WA. Peter and Jo purchased their foundation breeders from well respected eastern states breeders, Ros Cohen and Ian and Lois Beard. Apart from producing wool the aim is to sell breeding groups so that numbers build up and the breeds prosper.
Jo and Peter actively sell their wool and sheep directly to enthusiasts. They can often be found at sheep events in WA. But if you can't find them at an event, they use internet and other technologies regularly. They have a Facebook page that is kept up to date. And of course they are happy to get emails and phone calls from interested people about buying products. And if you phone ahead, you can visit their flock/farm.
Rams and ewes