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.

USDA/APHIS regulations mandate that in order to purchase semen from the United Kingdom, you must be enrolled in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (VSFCP). In addition, any sale of F1 offspring resulting from the use of this semen must be to those enrolled in the federal scrapie program. There are no restrictions for the sale of F2 animals (F1 x F1). Contact the federal veterinarian in your state for enrollment information. Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program


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.

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