The Ryeland is a Downs type sheep originating from Herefordshire in England and was
introduced into Australia in 1919. It was one of the breeds used to introduce the
poll gene to the Dorset breed in the development of the Poll Dorset.
The Ryeland is a hornless, prime lamb producer. It carries a fine Downs type wool,
and is well regarded as a fertile, heavy milking breed specializing in the production
of prime lambs.
Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1989, 3rd
Ryeland Sheep GalleryTake a closer look at the Ryeland breed.