Lincoln sheep had their foundation when the economy of Great Britain was closely tied to the wool industry.
They produce the heaviest and longest stapled fleece of any other breed, with a dense broad crimp, which is lustrous, due to the light reflecting on the large variations on the fibre. The wool is used for roller capping (wrapping around the rollers in a wool scour), and also for wigs used by the legal profession.
Consistent with the long wool (200mm) the sheep are correspondingly large.
In Australia they were used extensively in early days for crossing with the Merino, the resulting half breed being inbred and becoming the Corriedale. Subsequent crossing using both Merinos and Lincolns resulted in the Polworth, and Comebach type sheep (coming back to the Merino) for use in colder weather climates.
Australian Lincoln Society Inc.
Secretary: Mrs. Helen Raven
Address: "Yaralla" Scheetz Lane, Ryan Via Henty NSW 2658
Phone: 02 6929 6106