Sheep Shearing

Sheep terminology

Female sheep are called ewes and male sheep are called rams. Baby sheep are called lambs. Groups of sheep are called flocks

What do sheep eat?

Mostly grass, clover, forbs and other pasture plants. They especially like forbs. It is usually their first choice of food in a pasture. A forb is a broad leaf plant other than grass

What is skirting?

Skirting is when the undesirable parts of the fleece are removed from the rest of the fleece.

Wool

One sheep can produce anywhere from 2 to 30 pounds of wool annually. The wool from one sheep is called a fleece. The amount of wool that a sheep produces depends upon its breed, genetics, nutrition and shearing interval

How is wool processed?

After the fleece is sheared and skirted, it is washed, picked, carded, spun and wounded into skeins and then ready for knitting 🙂

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