Friday, October 3, 2014

Wool 101 - A Lesson From Wild Rose Farm

Dear blog readers -
Ever wonder how wool is grown & how it turns into a nice handspinning fleece?  The condition of pastures plays a key role, like keeping out burdocks, etc.  But ...
Picture #1 - Your handspinning fleece on the hoof, staying clean.
Wild Rose Farm Ewes Grazing
Picture #2 - Your handspinning fleece at rest, staying clean.
Wild Rose Farm Ewes Resting
Picture #3 - Your handspinning fleece at rest, NOT!
Wild Rose Farm Ewes Also Resting
I was amused by this Rambouillet ewe who decided to plop right down in the middle of the only nasty spot in a couple of acres!  The Dorset ewe lamb on the left & the crossbred ewe on the right had more sense.  We had burned a pile of fence line brush cuttings on the roadway and she couldn't resist.  Usually, we see sooty noses when the sheep have access to where we've had a bonfire - they  like the ash and minerals.  The donkey and the llama also like dust baths and will roll in ashes.
The good news is that most of this will wash off over the fall & winter before spring shearing.  Ha.  This is why the most spectacular spinning fleeces come from jacketed sheeep!  :)

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