Also 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 10-15 cm with a spinning count of 50-54's. The
average fleece weight is 2-3 kilograms. The wool is used primarily for hand-knitting
yarns and blankets with some of the coarser grades being used for carpets.
British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton,
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Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth
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