The Wensleydale is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in the Wensleydale region of North Yorkshire. Possessing a blue–grey face, the breed was developed in the 19th century by crossing English Leicester and Teeswater sheep.
One of the largest and heaviest of all sheep breeds, the Wensleydale has long, ringlet-like locks of wool. It is categorized as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust of the U.K. as it has fewer than 1500 registered breeding females.
The Wensleydale is a large long wool sheep with a distinctive grey black face, ears and legs. The ears are slightly elongated and stand upright. They are naturally polled and have a tuft of long wool on top of the head which is not typically sheered (for aesthetic purposes). Wool from this breed is acknowledged as the finest lustre long wool in the world.
The fleece from a purebred sheep is considered kemp free and curled or purled on out to the end.
The mating of a Leicester ram with a Teeswater ewe in 1838 made the famous ram 'BLUE CAP' who was the first sire of the Wensleydale breed. Today this breed is established throughout the United Kingdom and extends into mainland Europe, this breed is also being established in the United States of America.
The Wenseleydale tops are very easy to spin and hardly need any twist..remember it is a LONG staple wool. you can easily spin it very fine laceweight or you can corespin it as well, making it a very lofty and shiny single that way and still retain strength.
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