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Versatile breed has its day in limelight.

Wensleydale sheep enthusiasts will be finding out more about the breed at a Northumberland open day today.

Sheila and John Prescott, who have had numerous successes in the show ring with their pedigree Wensleydales, are hosting the event at West End Farm, Longhorsley.

This year Mr Prescott is chairman of the Wensleydale Society and the couple hope the open day will show people how versatile the breed is.

There will be information forums, examples of lambs from hill sheep put to a Wensleydale lamb, demonstrations about the uses of Wensleydale fleeces and information about their uses as a meat sheep.

Mrs Prescott said: "We've had some interest from some Scottish farmers who have bought Wensleydale rams to run with their Blackface sheep and they plan to come.

"People are once again starting to return to the Wensleydale, rather than use the Teesdale. And who knows, in the future some people may be tempted by a Wensleydale instead of a Bluefaced Leicester and breed mashams instead of mules."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2003
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