The Swaledale breed's origin almost certainly emerged from the genetic group of horned sheep from which also came the Blackface, the Rough Fell, and other localized types. Slowly the Swaledale breed emerged within these horned sheep. Found in the hills and lowlands of Britain and considered a meat breed. This wool is a medium coarser wool with beautiful kemp and a natural light grey shade. Suitable for outerwear, rug making, weaving, and felting. This is durable wool that is resilient and used for a number of applications. With a 4-8 inch staple length and a 36-40 micron count.