Agricultural History Series

 Missouri State University

 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Cheviot Show

Two breeders of Cheviot sheep were talking at the World Fair in St. Louis. Neither one thought that a bystander would see the same thing in the Cheviot classes.  U. S.  breeders were being careful to  prevent the acceptance of the long head and the coarse ear of the Border Leicester. However, the show was considered to be one of the largest and finest shows at the fair.

In 1904, the Cheviot was known for being the best milker in the ovine world. It was claimed that Cheviots could live off of short grass and the ewe could raise a pair of twins on short feed.


Aged Cheviots ewes as placed by Judge Skinner.

Cheviots were a very active breed with the ability to move about easily. This was especially true about the rams. For instance, it was claimed that a typical ram back home (Scotland) may have had two to three thousand acres of hill and glen to find his ewes.

Among the Cheviots


Groups and Champion

References: Breeder's Gazette and American Sheep Breeder, October 15, 1904.

Photos from American Sheep Breeder

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