Hampshire sheep, large sheep bred originally in Hampshire, England, by crossing Southdowns, Cotswolds, and other breeds. Hampshires are large in size and hornless, have black faces and legs, and are characterized by rapid growth. Recognized as one of the popular meat breeds, they are raised all over the world on farms and ranges and are one of the leading breeds in the United States, particularly in Kentucky and California.
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