The Cheviot is a distinctive white-faced sheep, with a wool-free face and legs, pricked ears, black muzzle and black feet. It is a very alert, active sheep, with a stylish, lively carriage.
The Cheviot originated in the Cheviot Hills, on the border of England and Scotland. Recognised as a hardy sheep as early as 1372, Cheviots did well in those bleak, windswept conditions, with their strong constitution, easy lambing, well developed mothering instinct, and fast maturity. Introduced to Australia in 1938, the Cheviot has proved its ability to withstand the cold, wet Winters of Southern Australia, and is a vigorous forager through the hot, dry Summers, when feed is scarce.
A true multi-purpose sheep.
Cheviots produce fast-maturing, lean prime lambs. Their active nature means they put on muscle, not fat, and they have a high dressing percentage. The distinctive high shoulder, which gives them agility and suitability for hilly terrain, is light in bone and fat, and heavy in muscle. The rapid growth rate and fast maturity of Cheviot lambs means earlier sales, fewer carryovers and higher returns.
Cheviot wool has a distinctive helical crimp, which gives it that highly desirable resilience. Cheviot wool is often blended into other yarns to give resilience and durability to the finished article. The fleece is dense and long-stapled, of 56s-50s quality, and springy to the touch. These special properties also help reduce fleece rot and fly strike problems.