A sheep of a small hardy breed with long, coarse wool.
- Herdwick, Swaledale and Rough Fell sheep were among the breeds worst hit by the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.
- Wool from Swaledales is virtually worthless, while the male lambs which are destined for the butcher grow slowly and have a poor meat yield.
- At this time the breeds of sheep kept in the fells of Westmorland were Scotch Blackface, Rough Fell and Swaledales.
Early 20th century: from the name of a region in North Yorkshire.
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