The United States has some of the largest sheep pelts in the world. Although pelts prices experienced some increase in 2008, the current demand is depressed. Reports indicate that there is little to no demand for skins with a fleece length less than three-quarters of an inch.
Mike Wheeler, owner and president of Nugget International, commented, "The highest value skins are those with wool of at least an inch. This requires producers and feeders to adjust shearing procedures before slaughter to obtain the highest possible pelt credit."