The Dudley Farm Sheep

The Dudley Farm Museum keeps a small flock of Corriedale sheep for their wool. First brought to the United States in 1914, the Corriedale is the oldest of all crossbred breeds. The breed was developed in Australia and New Zealand between 1868 and 1910 by crossing Merino and Lincoln sheep, both known for producing excellent fleeces. Each spring the sheep are sheared and the wool is used to produce blankets through the Connecticut Blanket Program sponsored by the Connecticut Sheep Breeders’ Association. The 100% wool blankets made from only Connecticut wool are available for sale at the farm.