The wool from the Wensleydale is acknowledged as being the finest lustre long wool in the world having commanded the highest price in the British Wool Marketing Board’s Wool Schedule for many years. Fleeces are entirely kemp free (kemp: hair or strand of hair, especially one in fleece, that resists dying) as a result of the unique characteristics of the wool-producing follicles. This special quality is genetically transmitted to cross-bred lambs, characterising the Wensleydale ram as perhaps the leading wool improver sire in the world. The fleece, which is curled along its whole length, can weigh up to 9kg with an average of 3.5 – 7kg and a staple length of 20-30cm. The Bradford Count is classified as 44 – 48.