Around the Farm

Read This Before You Call The Shearer

 

By Chet Parsons

In recent years, the price of wool has been so low that shearing has become just another chore and added expense for many producers. Small producers are sometimes further frustrated because it is difficult to find professional shearers who want to stop and shear a small flock. Shearing doesn’t have to be a bad experience. With a better understanding of the shearing process, producers can do a lot to make it a more rewarding experience.

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Parlez-Vous Degree of Skirting? Tippy? Staple?

 

By Nadine Chounet

Hello again to everyone. Over the course of this series of articles I have had several people ask me:“Yeah, but what do all of those terms mean when my fleece is judged?”

 

It seems that people get their form back after they have had a fleece judged - whether at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival or another venue - they read it, try to enjoy it and get some insight from it, but they just aren’t sure about the terms often used when talking about a raw fleece in a judged competition.

 

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To Blanket or Not to Blanket: That is the Question

By Nadine Chounet

 

Blanketing is a highly controversial subject among sheep breeders. It can produce exquisitely clean fleece and it can produce absolute train-wrecks for fleeces.

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Don't Fleece Yourself Out of a Great Fleece

By Nadine Chounet

Know your breed. What type of fleece should it produce? Are your fleeces within those breed standards? Does your Romney look like a Romney? Or a poodle? The hand spinning market is a discerning bunch of buyers – when they want a certain breed of fleece, you can be sure they come armed with the knowledge of what type of fleece should be coming off of that breed of  animal.

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So You Say You Have The Perfect Fleece

 

But There’s This Ewe and She’s Still Wearing It

By Nadine Chounet

 

So youve read all the articles and books, fed your animals for their breed standard, picked and cleaned,

lectured or blanketed, worried and fretted ...and there it is! You think you have grown the perfect fleece but what now?? How do you get that creation off the back of your animal and to the NH Sheep and Wool Festival? Or into the hands of an appreciative hand spinner? Or sold for top dollar to a commercial enterprise that values great fleeces?

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