Are your sheep healthy? If they are, then you can expect good wool, better rawwool and great final products. Wool becomes better and has a more even quality when sheep receive nutritional food and live in a good environment.
When feeding your sheep make sure that there is plenty of space for all the animals. Feed should be secure and kept clean. This will keep the wool clean.
Use professional sheep shearers that are good at their job and know what they are doing with the wool. Wool that is cut well gives a better final product.
Sorting is important! Keep the shearing area clear and sort as you shear. When you are along shearing, sorting can be done immediately with the best results. Collect the fleece and sort if on a clean table. You can see what parts should be disposed of.
- The best wool is on the sides and back of the sheep. This wool is the cleanest and most typical of the fleece.
- Lamb have the softest wool.
- Ewes have the best wool.
- Old rams have the thickest wool.
- Different coloured fleece gives different coloured yarn.
Shear in the autumn when the sheep are the cleanest and have been out. Wool cut in the spring is not as clean when the animals have been inside.
Dispose of the wool from the tail and stomach area. remove shorts, rubbish, grass, timotei and hay. Koskö Mill does not want poo either.
Rubbish wool can be used in the garden or composted.
Sort different colours or leave them mixed for a different result.