The Shropshire originated from sheep that roamed the common on the Shropshire and Staffordshire borders during the 19th Century.
They were the first sheep breed in England to publish a Flock Book, which was in 1883. For some 50-60 years before that date, breeders had fixed the type resulting in classes being held for Shropshires at the English Royal Show.
From 1900-1920 some 6,700 Shropshire rams were exported throughout the world.
The down type fleece is used for hosiery and hand knitting yarn. Australian numbers have declined during recent years.
Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association Ltd
Secretary: Karen Bond