Raw MERINO Wool Fleeces
Choice of covered or uncovered (cov/uc)well skirted fleeces Contact me if you need an additional photo.
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Each year we try to coat our best fleeces. But,the first few months after shearing we leave them off. The darker fleeces will have "sunkissed" tips and the whites will have darker tips. Coats help to keep out the excess vegetable matter & burrs sheep love to get into, which makes for easier processing. We also have uncoated fleeces available, which will have some chaff or vegetable matter visible, but still be quite clean. The tradeoff will be more money in your pocket.
An average ewe fleece tends to weigh anywhere from 6 to 10 pounds and have been well skirted. Merinos are notorious for being a greasier fleece, especially the rams. Therefore you can lose up to 50% of the weight after washing.
Usually the lock length of our Merinos range from 2 1/2 inches to 4 1/2 inches. The average being 3 1/2 inches. The micron count also varies with each fleece, but is usually undetectable to the eye.
Merino as you know is the finest of the wool breeds. The crimp, (the zig-zags in the fiber), are what give the wool its resiliency to bounce back into its original shape.
Whether you want to buy one pound, or an entire fleece is up to you. If you are not familiar with washing a fleece, I can include directions if requested. I highly recommend using Power Scour from Unicorn. It is gentle on the fibers and uses less hot water.
Although it takes time and effort to clean and spin the wool; when you have finished you will have an heirloom piece.
Merino does costs abit more to purchase. This is because the number of mills in the U.S., which can devote the extra time, attention and have the required machinery to handle the fineness of the raw wool are smaller. This requires it to be shipped across several state lines. Plus additional washing because of natural heavier grease content of the breed and additional processing steps all add up. So, when you make your choice consider not just the lowest price, but choose between good and best. Excellence is a result of many factors including: 1) high quality animals 2) practices of good nutrition and preventative care 3)sheep coats for cleaner fleeces 4) consistency 5) not cutting corners.
Why not give it a try today? You won\'t be disappointed!