History of the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association

The Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders Association is the official body governing the promotion of the Wensleydale breed, the maintenance of a register of animals eligible for registration, and upholding the characteristics of the breed. The aims of the Association are as follows:

  • To preserve the integrity of the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep by registering with the Association animals that conform to the breed characteristics as defined in the Flock Book and ensuring that members are aware of and abide by the breeding rules.
  •  To promote the use of the Wensleydale sheep in the sheep industry as a crossing sire, as a quality fleece producer and as a fleece improver.
  • To encourage members to actively promote the Wensleydale breed.

WLSBA Council comprises up to twenty members meeting officially two or three times a year, usually near Skipton, North Yorkshire. The following members of Council also serve as regional representatives (for contact details of the regional representative in your area please refer to the Breed Secretary – see Contact Us):

  • Scotland – John McHardy
  • Northwest – Adrian Tattersall
  • Northumberland & Durham – John Prescott
  • North Yorkshire – Roger Field
  • Wales & Borders – Jim Thompson
  • Midlands – Graham Steventon
  • East Anglia – Sue Holdich
  • Southeast – Sheila Leech
  • Southwest – David Ford
  • Northern Ireland – Freda Magill