Wensleydale Sheep

About Wensleydale sheep

Coloured Wensleydale sheep are a large longwool breed which can be black or grey.

Fleece Information

The uniquely pearled and lustrous fleece of this coloured sheep is widely agreed to be the finest and most valuable lustre longwool in the world. The breed produces a completely kemp free fleece. The wool is used for

  • its special effects and handle in hand knitting yarn
  • knitwear
  • cloth
  • occasionally in upholstery fabrics

Technical information about the fleece

  • Staple length — 20-30cm
  • Bradford count — 44-48
  • Micron measurement — 33-35
  • Fleece weight — 3.5-7kg