Dalesbred sheep facts

Dalesbred sheep primarily raised for meat and wool. The breed is originated in England. They are generally bred for several generations in harsh climatic conditions on the hills and good pasture areas of lowlands.

Dalesbred sheep breed information

Dalesbred is a small built, with blackface with a white mark on both sides.

Both ram and ewe are horned. Horns are low set and round.

They have no wool on both dace and legs.

The mature Dalesbred ram weighs 70 kg (155 lb) and ewe around 50 kg (110 lb).

Wool is of carpet quality with a staple length of 13 to 20 cm and a fleece weight of 2 to 3 kg.

The wool is white in color and dense undercoat fleece.

Dales are well adjusted with the harsh climatic conditions on the hills and good pasture areas of lowlands.

Things to know

Cross between Swaledale and Scottish Blackface breeds resulted in Dalesbred.

Ewes are sold to farmers who are in low lands for the crossbreed to produce mules.

The breed is primarily used for meat and wool production.

Breed got its name from the region called “Dales” which consists of the Pennine hills and West Ridings of Yorkshire, Cumbria, and North Lancashire.

The most famous British cross-breed Masham is a product of Dalesbred ewes crossed with Teeswater rams.

The breed is still at risk as it was about to extinct when foot-and-mouth disease erupted in 2001.

Brief characteristics of Dalesbred sheep

Breed NameDalesbred sheep
Other Name 
Country/Place of Origin England
Breed Purposemeat and wool
Breed Sizesmall
70 kg (155 lb)
Ewe(Female)50 kg (110 lb)
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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