Getting a fleece ready

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by Patty0315, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Patty0315

    Patty0315 Well-Known Member

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    I have several fleeces I want to send to the mill to be washed carded and made into roving. How clean do they expect it? Mine have alot of small pieces of hay in them. I threw out the crotch area . Whats the easiest way to get it all out ?

    Thanks , Patty
     
  2. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    If you want really clean roving when you get it back, you will have the spend the time hand picking it. Depending on the sheep and what they got into, could take me up to two hours per fleece.
    Along with removing the breeching, you will also want to remove any tags, belly wool, and head wool if you have such a breed of sheep.
    You want to check for stress breaks. What to look for is in the link below.

    I used to have a great web site that showed what you need to do in detail, but it is no longer up.

    Here is some more great advice & ideas.

    http://www.starcastlefarm.com/Newsletter1.htm
    http://www.stonehedgefibermill.com/fiber.html

    I have used Stonehedge with excellent results for years.
     

  3. Patty0315

    Patty0315 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks , this will be the first time I will be sending it out. I am new to shearing and spinning. I am looking forward to shearing next year with my new Jacobs and Icelandic crosses.