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How to get the most value out of your fleece

Sheep take a whole year to grow a good sound fleece, but it can be ruined in just a few minutes by carelessness at shearing time.

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British Wool offered their advice on how to make the most of your sheep’s wool.

 

Before shearing:

 

  • Make sure wool sheets, which should be provided by your depot, are close by so wool can be packed into them as soon as its shorn to keep it clean and safe from vermin.
  • If you have suitable buildings, it is worthwhile keeping sheep under cover for a night before shearing.
  • Sheep should never be shorn when he fleece is wet.

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During shearing:

 

  • Always shear on a clean wooden surface so they do not become contaminated. If you must shear outside, use a canvas or tarpaulin sheet.
  • Remove all claggs and dagging.
  • Keep your hogs separate from the ewes and wethers and send in the wool separately.
  • Avoid double cuts or tearing of the fleece.

 

After shearing:

 

  • Roll fleeces and pack them into the sheets.
  • Label each sheet inside and out with your registration number, name and address. Pack different breeds and types of wool separately.
  • Fasten the sheets with the string provided, do not use binder, bale or polypropylene twine as the fibres can mix with the wool and lower its value.
  • Keep in a clean, dry place.
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