Hill

North Country Cheviot

 

The North Country Cheviot is a large hill breed that was developed from Cheviots brought from the Cheviot Hills near the English border to Caithness and Sutherland in Scotland. Where they have developed into three distinct types:

 

Caithness Type: Is larger and heavier and is used on better grazing.

Hill or Lairg Type (Sutherland): Which is the old style and used on the harder hills.

Border Type: The re-crossing of the Hill & Caithness types back to original Border Cheviots has resulted in this 3rd strain.

 

The North Country Cheviot is suited to grassy hills and upland grazing, they are a strong and hardy breed, long lived with good mothering instinct. They have a clean face and ears covered with fine white hair. They have a broad muzzle with a slightly Roman nose, and thick, partially erect ears. Their wool starts just under the throat and behind the ears, both sexes are hornless in the USA. Legs are wide set, strong, flat boned, and covered with white hair, their hooves are black.

 

Avg. lambing percentage: 170%

Avg. ram weight: 270 lbs.

Avg. ewe weight: 160 lbs.

Wool:

         Medium

        White

        3 5 staple length

         Count 50s 56s

 

USA -   American North Country Cheviot Sheep Assoc. Inc.

            Website: www.northcountrycheviot.com

 

UK -     North Country Cheviot Sheep Society

           Website: www.nc-cheviot.co.uk

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'Littledale' NCC ewes 'Caithness' type at: Muleflock
Caithness Type: Longoe Flock, Scotland
photo courtesy of UK
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