Wensleydale Longwool, Wool Breed

Wool Breed: Wensleydale Longwool

Wensleydale Longwool

History: The Wensleydale Longwool sheep began in the early 19th century in the North Yorkshire area, as a cross between an old-type Teeswater ewe and a new Leicester ram.

Fleece Facts:

Size: large sheep with mature rams weighing up to 308 lbs (140kg); ewes around 220 lbs (100kg)

Horns: Hornless

Fleece Weight:  7-20 pounds (3.2-9 kg)

Staple Length: 7-12 inches (20-30 cm)

Fiber Diameters:  44s to 50s by the Bradford count, 32-34 micron count.

Coloring: White, gray, black; sheep have blue-grey faces

Spinning:  The longer fibers are excellent for combing for worsted spun yarns.

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