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Breeds of Livestock - Whiteface Woodland Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Whiteface Woodland Sheep

Whitefaced Woodland

    wfwoodl1.jpgAlso Known By: Penistone, Woodland Whiteface, Woodlands Horned

    The Whitefaced Woodland originated in the South Pennines of England. It is also known as Penistone after the Yorkshire town where sheep sales have been held since 1699. It is thought to be closely related to the Swaledale and the Lonk.

    One of the larger of the English hill breeds, the breed has no wool free, white, face and legs. Both sexes are horned and the horns in the males are heavily spiraled. The staple length of the wool is between 10 and 15 cm with a spinning count of 50's to 54's. The average fleece weight is 2 to 3 kilograms. The wool is used primarily for hand-knitting yarns and blankets with some of the coarser grades being used for carpets.


    References:

    British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.

    Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

    Photographs:

    British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.

 


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