The mating of a Dishley Leicester ram with a Teeswater ewe in 1838 produced the famous ram 'Blue Cap'
who was the founding sire of the Wensleydale breed. He was a striking ram, with blue pigmentation on his
head and ears that is now the hallmark of the breed, great size (203 kg as a two-shear) and wool of
distinctive quality. The modern Wensleydale has inherited these qualities. It is a large sheep with
long-stapled, lustrous wool that falls in long ringlets almost to ground level in unshorn sheep. The breed
has a quality known as 'central checking’ that prevents the formation of kemp in the fleece.
The Wensleydale is a very large long wool sheep, described by the British Meat and Livestock Commission as
"probably the heaviest of all our indigenous breeds." It is a visually striking sheep with considerable
presence. It has a bold and alert carriage which is accentuated by its broad, level back and heavy muscling in
the hindquarters. It has a distinctive deep blue head and ears, which should be clean except for a well
developed forelock of wool. Both sexes are polled.
Wensleydale sheep are a truly unique and wonderful long wool breed. Our
flock of American Wensleydale's is quickly approaching purebred status.
High percentage ewes, all above 90% are producing excellent examples of
this lovely breed. The are bred for their outstanding fleeces, with a high
priority on solid conformation, good mothering and vigerous growth. We
also strive for a wide genetic pool and utilize UK semen from champion
We are members of the North American Wensleydale Association, and
participate in the upgrading processes thru artificial insemination with
purebred Wensleydale semen imported from the UK. This is a hearty, large,
long wool breed with a lustrous curly fleece that hand spinners adore. Their
characteristic blue noses and ears, and long soft curls make them easily