[Jacob-list] To keep or not to keep - my little Jacob sheep
patchworkfibers at windstream.net
Sun Jul 11 19:52:08 EDT 2010
That's interesting. I have/had very few sheep that don't sunbleach and
really very few that hold their color well and fleece is one thing I
select for (not the only thing, of course). I have owned few deep black,
non sunbleaching, non fading, non graying, sheep with finer fleeces.
For the last two years, I've purchased fleeces from Gary and Dianne
Anderson in Michigan. The Hillside flock has sheep with deep black,
unsunbleached, soft fleeces. I don't know if that has to do with the
fact that we get more sun here in the south or the fact that the
Hillside flock is from lines across the country from our southern sheep.
I haven't seen the same color retention, non sunbleaching, fine fleeces
in sheep I've purchased from other northern flocks.
I'd be interested in hearing more on this topic from breeders in
different parts of the country.
ROY NEAL GROSE wrote:
> One consideration that you might want to look at is the fineness of the
> wool. In our experience, in our flock, the finer wools are the ones that
> became brown when exposed to sunlight. This makes some sense...the sun
> would discolor the fiber a few mirons deep, and those thicker fibers
> would not show evidence of this as readily.
> Neal Grose
Patchwork Farm Jacob Sheep <http://www.patchworkfibers.com>
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