The NAWSA Registry

The North American Wensleydale Sheep Association, a group of breeders, and others dedicated to the development and promotion of Wensleydale sheep in North America, was formed during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY in November 1999.

The United States Department of Agriculture currently prohibits importation of live animals and embryos from the United Kingdom. The North American Wensleydale Sheep Association, with the enthusiastic encouragement and support of the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders Association, U.K., has developed guidelines for up-grading by using imported semen in order to establish the Wensleydale breed on this continent.

The North American Wensleydale Sheep Association has specific rules and guidelines that govern the breed up process, which involves registered foundation ewes from specific recognized breeds, and artificial insemination using semen from registered UK Wensleydales. See our Upgrading Guidelines for specifics.

Our membership is dedicated to keeping the renowned quality of the Wensleydale's wool and supplying top quality wool for hand spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, and felting.

Currently GLM Registry is handling our registrations and keeping our registry. The registry tracks all registered Wensleydales, issues papers, and maintains the pedigree and blood percentage records for the Association.