Preparation is the foundation to improving wool quality.
Breed of Sheep - Although some breeds of sheep have more valuable wool than others, all wool has value and should be prepared properly to optimize its return.
Management involves determining the timing and frequency of shearing, and preparation of the shearing facility.
Plan ahead, making sure you have:
- Adequate space
- Clean facilities
- Necessary equipment
Wool production is a year-round process. Environmental conditions including pasture management, facilities, feeding practices and general animal health affect wool quality.
Selection Emphasis Set reasonable goals based on economically important wool traits that can be objectively measured: fleece weight, staple length, and average fiber diameter.
Micron Test Report Animal and Sample Description
|Average Fiber Diameter
|Coefficient of Variation
Following are the steps to maximize your wool quality. Each step is progressive and must be followed in succession to optimize effectiveness and financial return. The National Sheep Improvement Program is a recommended method to help producers obtain overall selection goals, including wool traits.