Does anyone have a Romney Sheep?

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  1. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    I bought some raw fleece not too long ago and the guy told me it was Romney. Since then I have purchased many more fleeces and to me this stuff looks/feels exactly like Rambouillet. I read on the internet somewhere that Romney is considered to be medium course which the stuff I have definitely is NOT. Dh says it looks like a lady's pantyhose it is so very fine.

    I am thinking that he MEANT Rambouillet and SAID Romney. ("R" confusion).

    If any of you have a Romney, do you think I could pursuade you to send me a small sample so that I can compare it with the stuff I have to try to figure this out???? I would be eternally in your debt.

    Thanks in advance for any help or advice you have on this.

    donsgal
     
  2. kesoaps

    kesoaps Well-Known Member

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    I've got one, but she's mixed with a wee bit of lincoln. Still, should be pretty close. A friend also has a couple of romneys, so if you're willing to wait a week (or two, at the rate I'm currently moving) I can send you a couple of snippets from a couple different sheep for comparison. But yeah...it's generally a bit coarse.
     

  3. SilverVista

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    You should be able to tell from the crimp (the number of bends per inch). Rambouillet will have a crimp that is very, very close together -- the individual hair changing direction perhaps once every 64th of an inch or less, while the crimp on a lock of Romney may approach once every 1/4 of an inch. Depending on the breeding, some Romney's can have relatively fine, soft fleece, but the crimp is always a dead giveaway.
     
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    In addition to the crimp (which would be the best way), you might also be able to tell by the staple length.
    The Rambouillet fleece would not be much longer than 2-4 inches. Romney would be 4-6 + inches. Although, this might vary for the Romney if they have been shorn 2x/year.
     
  5. donsgal

    donsgal Nohoa Homestead

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    Well, here are some pictures, tell me what you think crimp wise...

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    Romney

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    Rambouillet

    Do you see a significant difference? :shrug:
     
  6. kesoaps

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    I'm thinking you've got Rambouillet there. Much tighter crimp than my romney.
     
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    eieiomom Well-Known Member

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    Looks more like Rambouillet to me !
     
  8. John Hill

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    I found this on a New Zealand site:

    ...maybe that helps?
     
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    I have a friend who breeds and raises Romney's and has about 80 of them. Romney is considered a medium grade but the Romney's she has have a fine grade wool. It's so soft you could use it for something that you're going to wear next to your skin.

    Romney has a nice crimp but it's a fairly large crimp where Ramboiullet has a really small, tight crimp. From what I can see in the picture, it looks more like Rambouillet.

    Like the others said too, Romney is a long wool, usually more than 4 inches, sometimes 5 and 6 inches.