what is the History of Drysdale?
Located just south of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains, Drysdale, UT is a small town on the Wasatch Front. In early years it was a sheep market and now it is known mainly as a sheep ranch and breeding farm. The original sheep ranching business was started by W.W. Field who settled in Drysdale while living there for several years.
The Drysdale breed of goats originated in New Zealand and now is mainly raised for wool rather than for meat. The original dry sired sheep was named “Romney sheep” after the family that raised them. Dr. Francis Dry experienced a strange case of the wool being so soft that the animals began to die. Because of this he concluded that the animals were incapable of producing wool but instead must be fed a protein-rich diet. In 1931 he introduced a cross between a domestic ruminant goat and the world’s largest dry sired ram, the world’s second heaviest, named “gynolo.”
Today’s top-rated sired dry sheep in the Drysdale herd are the Gagerey and Klamath breeds, both with high percentages of fine fluffy wool and dense, strong hairs. While all three breeds are able to produce medium or heavy-quality fleece, the Gagerey has the distinction of being the only one able to produce extremely heavy, hard-wearing, silky-textured fleece. The company also raises a variety of other breeds including bluegrass sheep, Mexican bucks, Californian bucks, white tail deer, and turkeys, as well as a variety of specialty goats and bunnies.