Definition of Swaledale in English:



  • A sheep of a small hardy breed with long, coarse wool.

    • ‘Wool from Swaledales is virtually worthless, while the male lambs which are destined for the butcher grow slowly and have a poor meat yield.’
    • ‘There was also a revival, after foot-and-mouth, of the Matterdale and St John's sheep show, in which Herdwick and Swaledale sheep were shown.’
    • ‘He runs 500 Swaledale ewes which are crossed by Blue Faced Leicester Tups for producing Mule lambs which are sold both for meat and for breeding purposes.’
    • ‘Every acre on the farm, that supports not only prize-winning Swaledales, but also about 35 suckler cows, is in an Environmentally Sensitive Area.’
    • ‘Bronco - an 18-month-old Swaledale - was sold at auction, smashing all other records for his breed.’
    • ‘At this time the breeds of sheep kept in the fells of Westmorland were Scotch Blackface, Rough Fell and Swaledales.’
    • ‘For five years she bred and reared Swaledale sheep and became involved in the local community.’
    • ‘Mr Cowperthwaite fears he may not be able to restock with Swaledales at all if foot-and-mouth disease continues to spread across the Swaledale area where most of the pedigree flocks are kept.’
    • ‘Visitors to the show will also see a Swaledale ram, complete with real horns, but Mr Gillbard admits exhibitors at the Great Yorkshire Show in July might not recognise it.’
    • ‘For the next week the couple had to stand by as their prize dairy herd of 116 cows and 160 Swaledale sheep were shot and their bodies burned on a huge pyre.’
    • ‘The Helliwells keep traditional Dale breeds of Swaledale and Mule ewes and Belted Galloway sucklers.’
    • ‘He didn't see himself as the kind of man who would raise 80 head of longhorn cattle or end up grazing 1,200 Swaledale and black face sheep on the high Yorkshire moors.’
    • ‘Herdwick, Swaledale and Rough Fell sheep were among the breeds worst hit by the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease.’
    • ‘Although the Swaledales were the more touchy, at times the Mules were hard to bend, but overall the sheep ran well.’
    • ‘The area famous for its Swaledale flocks has never seen anything like the animals which are on display in shop windows from today.’
    • ‘The sheep dog business has been a very important aspect of the farm business but Mr Scrimgeour is keen to improve his Swaledale flock - the breed he lost during the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak.’
    • ‘Mr Cowperthwaite's farm, where he keeps 500 Swaledale ewes, is in the Lunesdale Foxhounds hunt range and has never suffered livestock losses in the past.’
    • ‘All the regular vendors are showing that day, and the numbers include some 1,500 Scot and Swaledale ewes and gimmer shearlings, followed by 1,000 lambs.’
    • ‘Over the years it has lost out to continental imports like Texels and other fell grazers like Swaledales and Herdwicks.’
    • ‘Over at the sheep pens, Philip Charnley of Coniston farm High Oxen Fell was revelling in his win after his Swaledales picked up the Tyson Dawson Cup for Supreme Champion.’


Early 20th century: from the name of a region in North Yorkshire.