The Romney sheep is a long-wool breed originating from Kent in England. The name is derived from the Romney Marsh, a lowland area in Kent along the River Rother just before it flows into the English Channel. Originally an English sheep, the Romney is now found on all continents, including almost 26 million head in New Zealand. The Romney produces a heavy fleece and a strong wool, with an average fiber diameter ranging from 29-36 microns (or a Bradford count range of 44s to 52s). The Romney’s fleece is ideal for hand-spinning, and is often recommended to beginners.