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Wensleydale Roving

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Prod. Code: Wensleydale

The Wensleydale is a British breed of domestic sheep. It is named for the Wensleydale region of North Yorkshire, in the north of England, where it was bred in the early nineteenth century by cross-breeding a Dishley Leicester ram with local long-woolled sheep of a breed that is now extinct. It has a blue-grey face and long purled wool, and is among the heaviest of British sheep breeds. It is an endangered breed, and is categorised as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.


The Wensleydale Sheep that are in the United states have come about by importing Wensleydale semen and using Cotswold or Lincoln or other long wool ewes to bring the breed over to the U.S.  It takes 8 generations before they consider the Wensleydale a registered breed in the States.