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