How do you show fleeces

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by doodles, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. doodles

    doodles Well-Known Member

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    I am very interested in showing some of our fleeces. We have Icelandics,Lincoln and 50% Wensleydale crosses. Can anyone give me advice on doing this?
    Angie
     
  2. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    I used to show my fleeces every year. Loved doing it.

    First off, make sure your fleece is very clean, even to the point of going through it for a couple of hours. Carefull not to disturb the set of the fleece. Make sure it is well skirted, all the tags, belly, leg and neck wool removed.

    Take a bit of the fleece (from the edge) in your hand and with both hands pull on the fleece. If is stays firm, it is good to go. If it crackles or breaks, it will not fair well at the shows. This means at some point your sheep were worried and has stress breaks or weakness in their fleece.

    For folding, depending on size of fleece, lay cut side up, fold in half and roll. For big fleeces, fold in thirds, both ways. Place in Clear plastic bag.

    I know the judges I had were very, very picky about the quality of the fleece they judged. But it can be a lot of fun. I sure miss it. :D

    Here are a couple of web sites..

    http://www.margaret-peel.com.au/skirting.htm

    Here is a web site, with what I said, but said in a much better way! :eek:
    http://www.frelsifarm.com/article_contest.htm
     

  3. John Hill

    John Hill Grand Master

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    When I worked in shearing establishments the person picking up the fleece from the floor would grasp the back legs of the fleece, pick up the whole fleece and carry it to a grided wooden table. He/she would throw the fleece onto the table so that it spread out flat with the cut side down. Workers around the table removed what needed to be removed then the legs of the fleece was folded inwards and the two ends rolled towards each other so that the back bone wool was on the outside of the rolled fleece. The rolled fleece was cut side out. I don't know if they still do it that way or not though.